Prince Edward: A Novel
Title: Prince Edward: A Novel
Author: Dennis McFarland
In 1959, amidst the turmoil that erupted in the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic desegregation orders, ten-year-old Benjamin Rome becomes caught in the middle between his own family’s efforts to establish a private whites-only system and his close friend, the son of a black hired hand, and his growing understanding of prejudice.
Prince Edward is the profound story of Benjamin Rome, a ten-year-old boy living through the summer and fall of 1959 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. The stage for the massive resistance of local whites against nationwide desegregation, the county is a frightening and passionate place of shifting loyalties and ardent belief. It is here that Ben must learn to navigate not only his adolescence, but the politics of the time through his powerful family. A brilliant melding of historical record and personal experience, Dennis McFarland’s fifth novel is an affirmation of his devastating emotional insight and graceful narrative gifts.