Saturday, January 26, 2013


OCTOBER MOURNING by Leslea Newman is a tribute to Matthew Shepard who was the victim of an ugly hate crime on October 6, 1998.  Newman uses a collection of poems to relate her historical fiction version of what may have happened on that fateful night. 

Matthew's story is told from multiple perspectives including witnesses, his killers, the truck used to transport a terrified Matthew, and even the fence at the scene of the crime.  Newman imagines how everyone and everything reacts to the horrible events surrounding Matthew's death.

It has been some time since I have read a book this powerful.  Filled with raw emotion, OCTOBER MOURNING will help Matthew's story live on and remind all readers that hate has no place in the world.

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