This the book I just started a while ago: Like Trees, Walking by Ravi Howard. I started reading it on a car trip and set it aside. It's a book I am picking up again to finish, now that I've inhaled the three "Hunger Games" books.
Like Trees, Walking is a novel, set in Alabama. Howard has a very deliberate, precise writing style. Here is a bit taken from the first few pages:
Paul's truck idled on the curb with parking lights on and the door wide open.
The radio was on. The weather report that came through the speakers told us what
we could already feel, cool morning temperatures, low humidity, easterly wind gusts.
I all of a sudden felt cold, as if hearing about the chill made it that much sharper.
Howard bases his story on a lynching that happened in Mobile, Alabama. According to the description on the back cover, the novel fictionalizes the aftermath.
Lynching is a part of our country's history that we--sometimes--try to sweep under the rug. It makes us hang our heads in shame. It's a part of the fabric of our country that has been frayed (and somewhat repaired) many, many decades ago.
The shocking thing is this lynching took place in 1981...