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A Shout in the Ruins

Kevin Powers

Power's debut novel, The Yellow Birds, was a National Book Award finalist, and he's returned with another consuming tale. Spanning over 100 years and set in Virginia, this epic family saga tells the story of inhabitants of the Beauvais Plantation. One tale includes two white plantation owners in a loveless marriage and two of their slaves, Rawls and Nurse, who were in a sweeping relationship. George Seldom is the product of Nurse being raped by the white plantation owner, and after 90 years he returns to the estate.