“From the moment I opened the book I knew it was going to be good. Stephen Doster is a master storyteller and wordsmith. He takes you through the rabbit hole to Sapelo Island, Georgia. I have had the privilege of staying there at Cornelia Bailey’s house (You can, too. Go online. She wrote God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks About Life on Sapelo Island, Georgia). It was made so much more real since I had seen the area, smelled the briny marsh and walked the dirt roads on the coastal barrier island. Jesus Tree Starts out and ends there. What happens in-between is what keeps you from doing laundry and walking the dog. You do not want to stop until you find out what happens. I highly recommend this book and any of Stephen’s other works: Lord Baltimore, Voices from St. Simons, Georgia Witness, Rose Bush and Shadow Child. From the time I read Lord Baltimore, I had to have every one of them.”
— CJ Loiacono
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Jesus Tree is a compelling, captivating story of a man's search for his past and his soul - rendered vividly by a writer of unique gifts. Stephen Doster has given us that very best thing of fiction: a rousing tale, beautifully told. -Robert Inman, author of The Governor's Lady --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Writer and oral historian Stephen Doster is the author of fiction and non-fiction, including two oral histories. He was born in Kingston-On-Thames, England and raised on St. Simons Island, Georgia. His literary works are focused on Georgia and the Georgia Coast. He holds degrees from the University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Anne. "The island I grew up on happens to be on the 31st parallel north of the Equator, which includes the geographic area below Savannah, north of the Georgia-Florida border, and everything east and west of that. Down on the 31st and 32nd Parallels, you're in the Deep South of the "Deep South." Look at all the writers who come from those strips, and don't surprised if you see similarities in their works. It has to do with their shared history, the geography, and the people who inhabit those realms. Many of the early Georgia settlers traveled directly west to settle regions in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. They took their histories and their stories with them. Part of the Southern writer's job is to resurrect those stories and their histories in creating new works. It's recycling of the highest order." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 1161 KB
- Print Length : 356 pages
- Publisher : W & B Publishers (17 January 2017)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1635540275
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B01MS3720I
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
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Great book! Great title!Reviewed in the United States on 8 November 2014
An extraordinary look into the lives of the Geechee-Gullah community of Sapelo Island. A fascinating book I couldn't stop reading. The life of Ben Jordan provides a fictional look into a murder in the 1930s, one that encompasses all that was unjust and brutal in the Jim Crow system of the deep South, as well as an acknowledgement that all white people, like all black people, were not cut from the same cloth. The book also provides a telling glimpse into the colorful Georgia politics of the era. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who dares to confront the racism of the past head-on. A good read.
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An excellent story dealing with the life of an African-American man ...Reviewed in the United States on 4 September 2016
An excellent story dealing with the life of an African-American man convicted of murdering a white minister in Coastal Georgia during the Depression. Stephen Doster does an excellent job recreating the southern scene complete with language and words appropriate to the time. The story includes scenes striking contrast between the spiritual beliefs of the Coastal African-Americans and people living on the main land. This novel is slated to become a classic in the genre of Southern Literature.
Excellent!Reviewed in the United States on 11 April 2016
Author Stephen Doster, historian, reveals dark secrets of the Deep South that few of us want to look at. As a masterful storyteller, he carefully weaves ancient tradition, timeless truth, and very real characters, attracting our interest and allowing our attention to rise above man's inhumanity to a higher place. Without being preachy, the story of wrongly-accused Ben Jordan's quest for freedom on all levels delivers a message of hope.
Redemption and ForgivenessReviewed in the United States on 8 March 2016
This book was really great from the beginning until the end. The story was so indicative of the times,but I was hoping for a better life for the black family but it just didn't happen the way i wanted it to but it was true to the time period.
Robbi P Freeman
Down South Historical FictionReviewed in the United States on 11 October 2014
This is one of the best authors of historical fiction. He brings his characters to life. Hard story to read because of the treatment of convicts in 1930s. But main character will grab your heart. Also great historical information on an African culture and beliefs.