Grant Park

  • by Leonard Pitts Jr.
  • Narrated by Ron Butler
  • 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Grant Park begins in 1968, with Martin Luther King's final days in Memphis. The story then moves to the eve of the 2008 election and cuts between the two eras as it unfolds.
Disillusioned columnist Malcolm Toussaint, fueled by yet another report of unarmed black men killed by police, hacks into his newspaper's server to post an incendiary column that had been rejected by his editors. Toussaint then disappears, and his longtime editor, Bob Carson, is summarily fired within hours of the column's publication. While a furious Carson tries to find Toussaint - at the same time dealing with the reappearance of a lost love from his days as a '60s activist - Toussaint is abducted by two improbable but still dangerous white supremacists plotting to explode a bomb at Obama's planned rally in Grant Park. Toussaint and Carson are forced to remember the choices they made as idealistic, impatient young men, when both their lives were changed profoundly by their work in the civil rights movement.

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"[I]nfused with vivid characterizations and canny verisimilitude..." (Kirkus)

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Like Reliving the 60's

If you could sum up Grant Park in three words, what would they be?

Recaptured the Era


What did you like best about this story?

The way it transported me back to the events of my youth. I served in Vietnam and also experienced the 60's on both coasts and in rural Illinois and Chicago. This book captures the intense, surreal atmosphere I remember. Tear gas and napalm. Attack dogs and unfathomable hatred. Fear. Draft dodgers in Canada, deserters in Sweden. LBJ, J Edgar, JFK, RFK, MLK , Malcom X and Muhammad Ali.


Have you listened to any of Ron Butler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No


Who was the most memorable character of Grant Park and why?

Malcom Toussaint because he best represented the civil rights era, its awkward transition to post-modernity, and the resulting schizoid mentality of a brutal nation.


Any additional comments?

Thank you Leonard Pitts Jr.

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Grant Park -- a very worthwhile listen

Leonard Pitts' fiction just gets better and better, as evidenced by Grant Park. A very timely, trenchant, and heartfelt story. Believable, likeable characters and a worthy effort to get into the heads of white extremists. Well crafted story that weaves back and forth between fast-moving events of the current day and civil rights era Memphis. This book was over too soon! Keep 'em comin', Mr. Pitts.
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- K. Matthias

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio