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Tobacco Sticks ❮Read❯ ➭ Tobacco Sticks Author William Hazelgrove – Buyprobolan50.co.uk In the aftermath of WW II the Hartwell family struggles to remain whole as a season of change descends upon the South Old loyalties and familiar ties are abandoned as their sleepy community lashes out In the aftermath of WW II the Hartwell family struggles to remain whole as a season of change descends upon the South Old loyalties and familiar ties are abandoned as their sleepy community lashes out with hate when Burke Hartwell Sr chooses to defend a black maid who is accused of stealing a priceless heirloom from the man who wants to remain the US Senator from Virginia As his world fills with confusing strife year old Lee Hartwell struggles to avoid the perils of first love break the silence between his family and the brother they refuse to understand and make his way in a time of unrelenting change Through it all his father counsels and confides easing the path of maturity with a strength of conviction that takes a lifetime to learn.

10 thoughts on “Tobacco Sticks

  1. Patty Patty 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 TKAMI 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 familyI 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 plausibleIf 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. Christie Christie 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. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    The story line was excellent The editing not so great

  4. Harold Kasselman Harold Kasselman 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 uo 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 unionblack 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 uestions 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. Susan Toy Susan Toy 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 foreverTobacco Sticks compares uite 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. Jimmy Jimmy says:

    I really enjoyed Tobacco Sticks by William Elliott Hazelgrove a sort of coming of age story set in the SouthTobacco 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. Paul Canady Paul Canady 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. Judy Marshall Judy Marshall 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. Diane Diane says:

    If this book had had a decent editor and proofreader I might have been able to give it three stars The story was OK although it was both somewhat predictable and farfetched I read the whole thing partly because I was curious to see why it has a fairly high average rating I'm still not sureThe writing was often pretty bad with forced and overly flowery description Sometimes a sentence was so nonsensical or ludicrous I had to stop and cringe in disbelief It jumped from one scene to another without any transition at all In addition there were so many errors throughout the whole book punctuation grammar inconsistency incorrect word choice etc that made the distraction even worse A few specific examples stuck in my mind One character's name kept going back and forth between Joe and Jim another's spelling went back and forth between Scotty and Scottie In one sentence the word symbols was used instead of cymbals Every time an unmarried woman was referred to it was printed as Miss Jones rather than Miss Jones And what was the deal with the strange paragraphs at the start of each chapter that tried to describe growing tobacco in slavery times? I hoped it would make sense at the end but it seemed to serve no real purpose and added nothing to the story

  10. Ginny Brown Ginny Brown 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

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