A moving coming-of-age story of a white minister’s son who discovers joy through his friendship with a black girl and finds strength after painful losses transform his life.
Set in 1912 and centered on a historical event, the moving and compelling coming-of-age story of Turner, a white minister’s son who discovers joy through his friendship with a black girl, Lizzie, and finds his own strength and voice after painful losses transform his life.
In this powerful and moving novel, Turner Buckminster, a preacher’s son newly arrived in in Phippsburg, Maine, meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a strong, spirited black girl from Malaga Island, a nearby island community founded by former slaves. All of Phippsburg, especially Turner’s repressive father, disapproves of their friendship, but Turner ignores them; Lizzie is the wisest, most knowledgeable person he ever met. On top of knowing everything, she can row a boat and pitch a baseball like a champ. The town’s move to turn the island into a tourist attraction destroys the powerless community, a historical event that occurred in 1912. It is the catalyst for a wave of personal losses that shakes Turner’s world but leaves him whole. With a new introduction by the author and author's note.
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