A Captivating Coming of Age Story: The Emancipation of Evan Walls

Emmy award-winning Jeffrey Blount’s third novel, The Emancipation of Evan Walls, is a harrowing glimpse at the American South during the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s, told through the eyes of a young black child struggling to overcome the obstacles in the way of his dream to forge a life for himself. The novel is a reflection on Evan’s painful experience being a sharp, intelligent child with courageous aspirations, who finds himself caught “in a crossfire of hate” between the black and white communities who force him into isolation. The Emancipation of Evan Walls opens with Evan in 1993, welcoming the birth of his first child with his wife Izzy. What would be a time of celebration

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