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The World Doesn't Require You


by Rion Amilcar Scott

Hardcover, 304 pages, Liveright, List Price: $25.95 |


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Established by the leaders of the country's only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century, the fictional town of Cross River, Md., still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. In lyrical prose and singular dialect, a saga beats forward that echoes the fables carried down for generations — like the screecher birds who swoop down for their periodic sacrifice, and the water women who lure men to wet deaths.