Tuesday, July 14, 2009

#BookReview: Gather Together in My Name - Tracy Price-Thompson

Ignorant, backwoods, hateful...the mother in Gather Together in My Name is all of these things. Three brothers are born on the same day, a set of twins and a separate birth. Della loses her husband Bo while in childbirth, as a result of him fainting and hitting his head. She decides that it's the birth of the unexpected third baby that actually kills him and from that point on, she wants nothing to do with him. She puts all of her efforts into the first twin until he dies.

Believing that Shyne, the child she's shunned, has killed the twin, she continues to push him even further away while now focusing her attention on the remaining twin. It's no surprise that 20 years later Shyne is on death row for the rape and murder of an ex-girlfriend and her child. What is surprising is that he's given up all appeals and is prepared to die. In the meantime, his brother is preparing to run for mayor, unless someone finds out the secrets he's held all these years.
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