Rebel Yell A Novel

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-29
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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From the bestselling author ofThe Wind Done Gonecomes a timely new novel of political intrigue, family secrets, and espionage, steeped in our country's racial history and framing our unique political moment.Arden Jones Jr., eminent black neocon and White House special advocate at the Pentagon, has met an unlikely end: collapsing at the Rebel Yell, a dinner theater featuring Confederate battle reenactments, with his white second wife at his side. At his grave in Nashville, his bewildered first wife is joined unexpectedly by Nicholas GordonBritish socialist, dandy, and probable spyand they must confront each other's wildly different views of the man buried at their feet. Launched on a journey from Manila to Martinique, New York to Rome, they retrace the life of a complicated figurewho may be buried but is far from dead.Both tightly packed and far-ranging,Rebel Yellis the work of one of our smartest, gutsiest writers, wrestling with the multivalent role of race in contemporary politicsreflecting the rise to power of African-American conservatives, whose unprecedented careers ironically spurred the ascendancy of our current president.

Author Biography

Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone and Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, and is a frequent contributor to Elle magazine. Also an accomplished songwriter, she is the only African-American woman ever to write a number-one country song. Randall was awarded the Free Spirit Award in 2001 and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in 2002. Writer in residence at Vanderbilt University, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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“Randall moves masterfully between past and present and between Nashville, Washington, D.C., Manila, and Rome to present an intriguing portrait of a young black couple struggling with racial identity and expectations…Randall demonstrates, with delicious imagery and a sense of racial irony, a love for history’s forgotten and overlooked.” – Booklist

"Alice Randall's Rebel Yell addresses race, class, backroom politics, and family intrigue through the intellectual yet heart-smart lens of Harvard-educated African American Hope Jones Blackshear. Traveling between her native Nashville and Rome, Blackshear faces down facts and fictions of her own past that parallel the tumult of Americas first postmillenial decade." - Elle

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