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At First Light

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368 pages
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Orion2017
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Cover TextMeet Alicia Cortez: survivor, healer...murderer?
1993, Key West, Florida. When a Ku Klux Klan official is shot in broad daylight, all eyes turn to the person holding the gun: a 96-year-old Cuban woman who will say nothing except to admit her guilt.
1919. Mixed-race Alicia Cortez arrives in Key West exiled in disgrace from her family in Havana. At the same time, damaged war hero John Morales returns home on the last US troop ship from Europe. As love draws them closer in this time of racial segregation, people are watching, including Dwayne Campbell, poised on the brink of manhood and struggling to do what's right. And then the Ku Klux Klan comes to town...
Inspired by real events, At First Light weaves together a decades-old grievance and the consequences of a promise made as the sun rose on a dark day in American history.
Additional textAn unputdownable, intriguing story of vengeance with tragedy at its heart
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ISBN/GTIN978-1-4091-5543-0
Product TypePaperback
BindingPaperback
FormatB-format paperback
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Publishing year2017
Publishing date15/11/2017
Pages368 pages
LanguageEnglish
SizeWidth 128 mm, Height 197 mm, Thickness 25 mm
Weight257 g
Article no.27468145
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PrefaceA story of an epic love and an unsolved murder from the author of the Richard and Judy Summer Book Club hit, Summertime
CritiqueI loved it! I was completely riveted to this book, and couldn't put it down. Such a heartbreaking, beautiful story, told with such style and panache. It really brought Key West at that time alive for me - all the wildness, the vitality, the brutality, injustice and beauty were recreated with a mesmerizing clarity, and embodied in characters who lived and breathed. I could not put it down Katherine Webb,...more

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Lafaye, Vanessa
Vanessa Lafaye was born in Tallahassee and raised in Tampa, Florida, where there were hurricanes most years. She first came to the UK in 1987 looking for adventure, and found it. After spells of living in Paris and Oxford, she lived in Marlborough, Wiltshire. Vanessa passed away in February 2018.