Strange Fruit is a gripping story about courage, loss, and steadfast friendship. Jason, the son of sharecroppers is curious and an eminently lovable boy and when his older cousin Claudia arrives for the summer, she instantly wants to help him.The pair disrupts one another’s lives in beautiful ways. We vividly live Jason’s hardscrabble life through Claudia’s lens, including its attendant struggles and triumphs.
After his mother runs way and leaves his erratic father, Jason, through energy, unrelenting drive and intelligence, improves his circumstances; however, a chance encounter with the law leads to disastrous consequences. Claudia realizes that the incident has broken her cousin’s spirits and she is forced to make some difficult decisions.
This superbly written novel tells two parallel stories of Jason and Claudia and their adaptability, suffering and perseverance, capturing both our hearts and minds while at the same time remaining mesmerizing through the intensely heart-wrenching conclusion.
“An attention-worthy collection of contemporary women’s fiction. To be read not only for its insights, but also for the edgy, dramatic undertones. Very enjoyable.” –Penn Book Review
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