Naslund follows her 1999 novel, ”Ahab’s Wife” – a 666-page historical epic about a 19th-century Nantucket woman – with a similarly complex and ambitious book. Set in 1960s Birmingham, Ala., ”Spirits” traces the blossoming civil rights movement through a host of characters, including Fred Shuttlesworth, minister of the Pilgrim Baptist Church; Stella Silver, a local college student; and Ryder Jones, a bomb-crafting racist: ”He took down his Klan robe on its hanger and made the robe flutter in the air like a ghost. The way it rippled was noble, like a flag.” Not many authors can juggle multiple points of view, but Naslund manages the task beautifully – and brings a fresh set of eyes to an oft-visited period.
Four Spirits Naslund follows her 1999 novel, ''Ahab's Wife'' -- a 666-page historical epic about a 19th-century Nantucket woman -- with a similarly complex and...Four SpiritsFictionSena Jeter Naslund Naslund follows her 1999 novel, ''Ahab's Wife'' -- a 666-page historical epic about a 19th-century Nantucket woman -- with a similarly complex and...2003-09-19
Genre: Fiction; Author: Sena Jeter Naslund
Posted September 19 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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