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Weep No More My Brother
Set in the rural South, Sterling Watson's Weep No More My Brother is a stark, brilliantly told story of a young man who believes he can redeem himself only by avenging the death of the brother he loved.
When Farel Odum comes to a North Florida state prison as a teacher, he does so with the intention of seeking the death of an inmate who ten years before had murdered his older brother Charles in cold blood. It was Charles whom Farel adored and in whose shadow he had willingly lived. However, once absorbed into the violent and uncompromising pattern of prison life, Farel is compelled to do much more than he had personally planned.
Weep No More My Brother is also the story of the love both brothers have for one woman, Clare. Poignant, true, it is a love that is unforgettable.
Only the living know sorrow, pain, remorse. There are times when only the dead can return the gift of life. It is Charles who, when vengeance is finally wrought and guilt laid to rest, can say to the surviving younger man he also loved, "weep no more my brother."
"Sterling Watson writes with power, directness, urgency and eloquence--a rare combination which makes Weep No More My Brother not only instructive but, rarer,entertaining. I suspect it will also prove memorable, which is rarest of all."
--Reynolds Price, author of
The Surface of Earth and A Long and Happy Life
Copyright Sterling Watson