As the book begins deep in Oklahoma early one morning in 1976, nine men from Ruby (pop. 360), in defense of "the one all-black town worth the pain," assault the nearby "Convent" and the women in it. From the town's ancestral origins in 1890 to the fateful day of the assault, Paradise tells the story of a people ever mindful of the relationship between their spectacular history and a void "Out There . . . where random and organized evil erupted when and where it chose." Deftly manipulating past, present, and future, and through dreams, visions, memories, and sermons, this novel of mysterious motives reveals the interior lives of the town's citizens with astonishing clarity. Book of the Month Club main selection and
a Oprah book club selection. Hardback like new.