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In My Father’s House

By: Ernest Gaines
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

A compelling novel of a man brought to reckon with his buried past. In St. Adrienne, a small black community in Louisiana, Reverend Phillip Martin—a respected minister and civil rights leader—comes face to face with the sins of his youth in the person of Robert X, a young, unkempt stranger who arrives in town for a mysterious “meeting” with the Reverend. In the confrontation between the two, the young man’s secret burden explodes into the open, and Phillip Martin begins a long-neglected journey into his youth to discover how destructive his former life was, for himself and for those around him. –From the website at Penguin Random House

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