Author(s): Ellen Feldman
A novel inspired by the shocking true story of the Scottsboro boys, whose legacy has shaped the course of modern American history Even after all these years, the injustice still stuns. Innocent boys sentenced to die, not for a crime they did not commit, but for a crime that never occurred. Lives splintered as casually as wood being hacked for kindling. Alabama, 1931. A freight train is stopped in Scottsboro, nine black youths are brutally arrested and, within minutes, the cry of rape goes up from two white girls. In the shocking aftermath, one sticks to her story whilst the other keeps changing her mind, and an impassioned young journalist must try to save nine boys from the electric chair, one girl from a lie and herself from the clutches of the past ...Stirring racism, sexism and the politics of a divided America into an explosive brew, Scottsboro gives voice to the victims - black and white - of this infamous case. Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2009, it charts a fight for justice during the burgeoning civil-rights movement.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2009
'A fine novel ... Anyone who wants to appreciate the scale of the miracle that a black man has been elected president of the United States should sit down with Scottsboro -- Lionel Shriver
Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, is the author of The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, Scottsboro, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Next To Love and The Unwitting. She lives in New York City with her husband.