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  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • Tobacco Sticks
  • William Hazelgrove
  • English
  • 23 April 2019
  • 9780963005281

10 thoughts on “Tobacco Sticks

  1. says:

    There are times that I wonder how any Southerner writes a coming of age novel Given that To Kill a Mockingbird was published than 50 years ago, every novelist has to deal with its shadow, but Southerners have it especially tough At least two of the professional reviews I read for Hazelgrove s story referenced TKAM.I admit that it was hard to miss the similarities However, Hazelgrove has his on tale to tell Lee Hartwell has grown up in Richmond, VA where things are slow to change However, World War II has made changes to the whole world and some of them are affecting Hartwell and his family.I believe Hazelgrove does a good job of putting the reader in Lee s shoes Hazelgrove does not give Lee an adult s knowledge of the world but he also gives his narrator plenty of chances to learn about how the adult world works I found the story interesting and believable I presently live near Richmond and from what I have learned since coming here the novel seems plausible.If you are interested in coming of age tales, stories about American history or in the changes this country has experienced, I would suggest that you try Tobacco Sticks.


  2. says:

    C mon I loved to Kill A Mockingbird too I wouldn t try and re write it, give it a different title and think that people are going to give you credit for an original storyif it wasn t a glaring rip off it would have been better That being said, the story it rips off is so great that even a copy of it is still going to be good to read


  3. says:

    The story line was excellent The editing not so great.


  4. says:

    I just finished Tobacco Sticks by Wm Hazelgrove which I feel is worthy of recognition One reviewer called it a rip off of To Kill A Mockingbird If that s the worst you can say about a book, I ll take that comparison any day This is the story of a family in post World War 11 as told by the narrator a 12 year old boy The setting is Richmond Virginia which is still mired in the racial and class segregation of the Old South Yet times they are a changing The unions are starting to get a foothold and even uppity Negras are beginning to have a say in the political order which has been dominated by the old boy network That political machine is so powerful that they will use any means even illegalities to maintain the status quo The narrator Lee Hartwell witnesses the change that will touch his entire family and his friends as well His father Burke comparable to the Atticus Finch lawyer in Mockingbird has been part of the political machine and becomes the campaign manager for the power boss state senator who is up for re election Burke must straddle carefully between his own moral instincts and those of steel mill magnate Buddy Hillman who is the financial broker for the senator The latter will devote whatever efforts are necessary to beat the union black supporters of the challenger Lee s life is upended as his father breaks with the machine over a criminal charge lodged against Fanny a black household servant of Hillman which causes Lee and his father to be ostracized by the city Lee s friends and even the girl of his dreams Careen Hillman break with the Hartwell family Burke s courage is tested to its limits I won t say why as he defends Fanny The last third of the book will have you in angst as the trial rushes to conclusion The author, although not a lawyer, does create a vivid atmosphere throughout the book and especially during the trial where secrets and motives are revealed Allow me one personal criticism by pointing out a legal error He has the lawyers objecting to leading questions on cross examination leading the witness on cross is of course permitted and common There are also hearsay problems, but these technical glitches do nothing to spoil a story that captured a slice of history for me I recommend this legal and social novel to everyone Happy reading


  5. says:

    This is the second novel by Hazelgrove I have read recently Both were offered as free downloads by the author, so I took advantage of that and in the process discovered a great author who had been previously unknown to me I enjoyed The Pitcher so much that I immediately downloaded Tobacco Sticks when it became available and read it as soon as I could Hazelgrove captures childhood in his books Both are about young boys and these characters draw the reader into the story, they are so well drawn The story of Tobacco Sticks takes place at the end of WWII in the southern US where colour lines are still being drawn Lee s family is caught up in the aftermath of the war, from which some friends and family members returned and others didn t, to a society that was changing from what had always been the accepted way of life to these descendents of plantation owners and slaves When Lee s lawyer father has to choose the side he will defend, it changes Lee s family s lives forever Tobacco Sticks compares quite favourably to Harper Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird This is a very well written, well crafted, novel, like The Pitcher, and I highly recommend both books.


  6. says:

    I really enjoyed Tobacco Sticks by William Elliott Hazelgrove, a sort of coming of age story set in the South.Tobacco Sticks is a tale of power and privilege where a young boy ends up doing the right thing by telling the truth in spite of who the truth exposes, an overview of tobacco farming is present, along with the racial tensions of the time, this book is compared with To Kill A Mockingbird and in my opinion if you loved that book you will also love this one.


  7. says:

    A classic coming of age story against the backdrop of racial injustice in post WWII Richmond, VA Lee really struggles with how to handle all of the information that s coming at him, both in his family and beyond It is an excellent story that is done a huge disservice by poor editing at least in the Kindle edition.


  8. says:

    I totally enjoyed reading this A good story about family, days past and the lose of innocence of the young I look forward to reading Hazelgrove s, The Pitcher, soon.


  9. says:

    A gripping story well toldI was absolutely captivated with the story So beautifully written The unit only issue I had was in the editing Was I learned to look beyond that, I couldn t stop until the end.


  10. says:

    A stunning historical fiction books A direct tell of the complex relationship between Blacks and Whites in pre Civil Rights Era This book will captivate you from beginning to end.


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About the Author: William Hazelgrove

BROTHERS WRONG STORY OUT DEC 4THE REAL STORY OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERSPBS MOVIE ON MADAM PRESIDENT THE SECRET PRESIDENCY OF EDITH WILSON OUT FALL 2019 William Hazelgrove is the bestselling author of ten novels and three works of nonfiction Ripples, Tobacco Sticks Mica Highways Rocket Man, The Pitcher,Real Santa, Jack Pine, forthcoming Pitcher 2 and 3, Madam President and Forging A President His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards Junior Library Guild Selections and optioned for the movies He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway s birthplace He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications and has been featured on NPR All Things Considered The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today have all covered his books with features An ebook Jackpine is due out in July with his latest novel Real Santa is due out Sept 1 2014 He runs a cultural blog, The View From Hemingway s Attic He lives in Chicago.