Kirkus Reviews on Blood and Bone

“A transplanted Southerner explores the aftermath of the 1968 shootings of unarmed black college students by highway patrolmen in his hometown of Orangeburg, S.C… Although public officials have issued apologies, Shuler makes clear that the reconciliation process is long and begins with listening to and paying attention to each other’s stories. Orangeburg remains a town struggling with a damaged reputation and divided by race and class. It is also, the author points out, a symptom of a larger problem across the country, which demands that we look at our history closely and come to grips with the underlying issue of racism. Filled with the voices of men and women willingly or reluctantly responding to a journalist’s probing, Shuler’s report paints a dark picture with glimmers of light.”

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