The Tree of Forgetfulness

by Pam Durban

The Tree of Forgetfulness

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The Tree of Forgetfulness kicks off in South Carolina in the autumn of 1926, as a New York City newspaperman arrives to investigate a lynching. Nearly two decades later, the last witness to that lynching lies dying, haunted by his presence. It's a powerful portrayal of an ugly era in American history.

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There's murder and menace on our own turf too, as revealed to us in an intense and disturbing novel by Pam Durban. The book — The Tree of Forgetfulness — may be as dark and disturbing a book as you'll want to read in summer light. It takes place in Aiken, S.C., beginning in the autumn of 1926, with a New York City newspaper reporter who arrives in Aiken to cover the story of a lynching. The newsman digs deep into the events surrounding the killing, even as an investigation by the

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