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    Abel Jones Jr., a civil rights lawyer’s son turned black Washington neo-con, has met an unlikely end: collapsing at the Rebel Yell dinner theater, surrounded by actors in Confederate regalia, with his white second wife at his side. Hope Jones Blackshear, Abel’s first wife and mother of his only son, is left confounded by the turn his life took in his later years.

    Sharing a drink after the funeral with Abel’s old friend Nicholas Gordon, Hope lets herself reminisce about first meeting Abel at Harvard, and their early married days as a foreign service couple in Manila and Martinique. But her own version of history is altered by that of Nicholas, a dandified Brit who seems to know more than he lets on. To fully understand the story of Abel Jones, for her own sake and that of their teenage son, Hope journeys from Nashville to Rome, seeking the connection between the Abel she loved, a child of Southern terror in the sixties, and the Abel who became a White House watchdog of global terror, driven to measures Hope could never have imagined.

    The work of one of our gutsiest writers, Rebel Yell is a novel of resilient love, political intrigue, and family secrets, steeped in our country’s racial history and framing our unique political moment.

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    Below find a list of the books featured in Rebel Yell. Check them out at your library, or on Amazon, or from one of the last of the great independent bookstores, but check them out. Each of these is worthy of a desert island. And each will enhance your understanding of what is going on in Rebel Yell.






    Title
     
    Author
     
    The Wife of his Youth
    On Photography
    Passing
    The Marble Faun
    Icare
    Sonnets from the Portuguese
    The Assassins
    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Epitaph of a Small Winner
    Eugenie Grandet
    Man's Fate
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Tender is the Night
    Black Southerners in Confederate Armies
    The 39 Steps
    Charles Chestnutt
    Susan Sontag
    Nella Larsen
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Philippe Desportes
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Bernard Lewis
    Jean Rhys
    Machado De Assis
    Honore de Balzac
    Andre Malraux
    Maurice Sendak
    Zora Neale Hurston
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    J.H. Segars and Charles Kelley Barrow
    John Buchan

    Authors Referenced in Rebel Yell

    Langston Hughes
    Richard Wright
    W.E.B. Dubois
    Booker T. Washington
    Malcolm X
    Martin Luther King
    John Hope Franklin
    E. Franklin Frazier
    Jane Austen
    Ernest Hemingway
    Southern Agrarians
    Fugitives
    Allen Ginsberg
    Cornel West
    Jacopo Sannazaro
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Robert Browning
    Kinky Friedman


    Films Referenced in Rebel Yell 

    Check them out from a library, or check them out on Amazon, but check them out!



    Title
     
    Director
     
    Idlewild
    Ghost
    Citizen Kane
    The 39 Steps
    Jules and Jim
    Tampopo
    Babette's Feast
    Big Night
    The Godfather
    Munich
    Waist Deep
    Bryan Barber
    Jerry Zucker
    Orson Welles
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Francois Truffaut
    Juzo Itami
    Gabriel Axel
    Campbell Scott/Stanley Tucci
    Francis Ford Coppola
    Steven Spielberg
    Vondie Curtis-Hall

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