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by Dwight Fryer

  • Author: Dwight Fryer
  • ISBN: 1583147063
  • ISBN13: 978-1583147061
  • ePub: 1469 kb | FB2: 1151 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Sepia; Original edition (May 30, 2006)
  • Pages: 384
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 616
  • Format: lit mobi mbr txt
The Legend of Quito Road ePub download

Dwight Fryer is the league director for the Shelby DEBATE Society (ww. helbydebate. His historical novels, The Legend of Quito Road and The Knees of Gullah Island were critically acclaimed.

Dwight Fryer is the league director for the Shelby DEBATE Society (ww. Fryer is a Christian minister, writer, speaker, storyteller, historian and genealogist, avid bird and nature watcher, reader, and anything outdoors, especially flying kites.

Even with the supplemental family histories (tree diagram) that were provided in the back of the book, it was still very confusing to keep track of the familial relationships

Oct 12, 2009 Mocha Girl rated it liked it. The Legend of Quito Road is a multi-generational tale rooted in 1930's Shelby County, Tennessee. Legacies from the slave and antebellum eras reveal familial relationships that cross racial lines and produce enough secrets to fill Victoria' s closet. Even with the supplemental family histories (tree diagram) that were provided in the back of the book, it was still very confusing to keep track of the familial relationships. At some point I took additional notes to keep it straight but abandoned the effort and kept reading on faith that it would become clearer as I kept reading.

By the end of The Legend of Quito Road in 1935, Son Erby makes 50 gallons of whiskey a week, completely on his . Passionate, engaging, honest even when it hurts. With The Legend of Quito Road, Dwight Fryer establishes himself as a rich storyteller in the American Folkloric tradition.

Readers learn the secrets to whiskey making, molasses cooking, and great Southern barbecue from Ray’s father, Gill Erby. Mat Johnson, author of Hunting In Harlem and 2004 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award in Fiction Winner.

Book Description: THE FUTURE seems to hold limited possibilities for Son Erby. More books like The Legend of Quito Road may be found by selecting the categories below: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Book Description: THE FUTURE seems to hold limited possibilities for Son Erby. The African-American child of a farm laborer in 1930s Depression-era Tennessee, his fate seems as certain as the sunset at day’s end. But when his father takes him to work at the Coleman Farm and hands down the secret to making the corn liquor, everything changes. More books like The Legend of Quito Road may be found by selecting the categories below: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary. Tell us what do you think about The Legend of Quito Road.

Dwight Fryer's debut novel is a scintillating mixture of love, betrayal, hope and redemption .

Dwight Fryer's debut novel is a scintillating mixture of love, betrayal, hope and redemption disguised in the incredible human condition of a sleepy little 1930's Tennessee town. Raymond "Son" Erby is his father's shadow, learning at the feet of the wily, enterprising man who's own father left him a legacy that is a blessing and a curse: knowing how to "cook" whiskey. Set against the backdrop of segregation, pre-World War II, bootleg whiskey and Jim Crow law, THE LEGEND OF QUITO ROAD reveals the lives of black and white, alike, at a crossroads where their betrayal and shame simmers; and revelation blows the lid off the boiling pot of a dysfunctional American community.

Quito Road is a band from the Phoenix/El Mirage area of Arizona.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a gothic story by American author Washington Irving, contained in his collection of 34 essays and short stories entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Written while Irving was living abroad in Birmingham, England, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" was first published in 1820.

The future seems to hold limited possibilities for Son Erby. The African-American child of a farm laborer in 1930s Tennessee, his fate seems as certain as the sunset at day's end. But when his father takes him to work at the Coleman farm and hands down the secret to making corn liquor, everything changes.Moving from the shaded parlors of the wealthy Sawyer clan to the illegal activities in the woods along the Mississippi river, this perceptive novel explores the roots of racism, and the dangerous power of secrets that will shatter every taboo in a sleepy little town caught between the past and the future. Beginning with Son's simple plan to make his fortune with illicit whiskey, and speeding toward an explosive climax that will expose the twisted roots of his family tree, The Legend of Quito Road is a look at a bygone time, the sobering echoes of which can still be heard today.
Eigonn
The Legend of Quito Road is a multi-generational tale rooted in 1930's Shelby County, Tennessee. Legacies from the slave and antebellum eras reveal familial relationships that cross racial lines and produce enough secrets to fill Victoria' s closet.

The legend refers to a runaway slave who took money from his owners. The slave felt he was entitled to the money for his services as a distiller and from the owners selling his family. He eludes his captures by hiding during the day and only emerges at night earning the title of the "Ghost of Quito Road." Ironically, the legend is seemingly reborn via Gillam Hale, a renowned bootlegger whose skill at the still makes him a legend in his own time. Born free to parents who were free, he is kidnapped and forced to "cook" on command for his owners while they enjoy all the profits from his labor. He becomes embittered; flees, but is recaptured on a fateful, rainy night. Hale narrowly escapes the noose but during the struggle, one of his pursuers is not so lucky and an untimely death occurs.

In an abrupt transition, Hale is pretty much dropped from the story. We then meet Hale's sixty year old sharecropper son (Gill Erby) and teenaged grandson (Son Erby). The book then delves into the complicated racial disparities of the townsfolk and their families. Even with the supplemental family histories (tree diagram) that were provided in the back of the book, it was still very confusing to keep track of the familial relationships. At some point I took additional notes to keep it straight but abandoned the effort and kept reading on faith that it would become clearer as I kept reading.

As mentioned earlier, from this reader's perspective, there seemed to be some guesswork required to fill plot holes. For example, how after killing a white man, Hale surviveS seemingly in the same town to father children and pass his bootlegging skills to his son. Another drawback - the author spent pages on inconsequential passages (how to build a barbecue pit, how to build a still, the mash recipe, etc), but would quickly breeze over key plot components. Another point of concern - there was a LOT going on (jealous spouses, infidelity, bribery, envy, and murder), but when the same "twist" was applied twice, the author lost a point for creativity.

The story's flow was a bit disjointed and there were some choppy starts and stops at the chapter breaks. I did not find the characters endearing, in fact, a few were so one-dimensional and underdeveloped I questioned what purpose or value they added to the story. Nonetheless from a drama-filled perspective, the book itself was interesting enough to keep me reading. I wanted to see where the author was taking me and how the story would end.

I would recommend this book to patient readers who are willing to overlook (or tolerate) the technical glitches and simply enjoy the story.

Reviewed by Phyllis

APOOO BookClub
Marinara
THE LEGEND OF QUITO ROAD is a noteworthy debut novel. Dwight Fryer combines his gifts as a storyteller, admirable attention to detail (including how to make bootleg whiskey), and unflinching examination of tangled intergenerational and interracial relationships. He skillfully recreates depression era Shelby County, Tennessee.

This thoughtful novel transcends any specific era or location or race to deal with universal issues that can bind together - or tear apart - any family.

I just bought two more copies for friends, and look forward to Fryer's next book.
spacebreeze
I normally read a book, and then move on to the next one, but this book, I've been talking about. I've recommended it to several people, and really think it should be made into a movie.
Nalme
The characters became so real, I became judgmental with each relationship and behavior of each person. A sequel would answer my hopes for "Son" Raymond Erby and his mother Sarah and how Rafe Colman's family of Illegitimate children endured their southern Heritage mixed with so much hate and love emotions.
BroWelm
good
Gna
I did not like this book at all. It was EXTREMELY racist, and the author took far too many geographical liberties both with the town of Lucy and with Quito Road.

In addition, it was a very hard and tedious read.If I could give it "zero " stars, I would.

Don't waste your money.
Dagdage
For anyone who loves Historical Fiction, created in the 1930's, this is for you. And,what a grand storyteller Dwight Fryer is. I loved the book, and now look forward to his second, which I will start tonight..I so wish Mr. Fryer had written more.
All of the characters are very well develolped..great lengths are taken to tell the background of each, as well as several family tree illustrations for a quick glance, in case the reader is confused as to who is who, what family they came from, their parents, spouse, brothers, sisters and children...each character is intertwined in some way with each character...it makes for a wonderful story, how it all happened, and how it all played out..
My fav character was Chess Gordon. Being a older man of 80+ years, it appears everything he touched turned to gold..he is one of those people who are full of life, lived a good life, and willing to do for others, especially 'Son'...and what a good young man, Son was. And, Chess Gordon was loaded with wisdom..
The only and only drawback for me was the lessons (recipe) in making 'moonshine' and molasses, which I thought took up too many pages...but, that was very minor, compared to the storyline of the book..I highly recommend.
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