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House at the End of the Road Book Review

The House at the End of the Road – The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South   by W. Ralph Eubanks. 

This book recounts the author’s journey into his ancestral past.  Through the use of public records, local historical societies and the oral histories well know in the Southern tradition, he makes his way back to “the house at the end of the road” where his grandparents, one white and one black, lived and reared a family.  It provides insight into the often neglected and over-looked life experiences of interracial families in the deep South in the early 20th century.  This is a very personal story that the author shares with his readers that transcends race, class, and era.  It is a story of a family, with all of the joys and sorrows, highs and lows that are a part of family life.  It is also an examination of the issue of race in America and how it has shaped our families, our communities and our nation. 

Ralph has the gift for storytelling the likes of Eudora Welty, William Faulkner and Ralph Ellison.    The Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardly named his first book, “Ever Is a Long Time” as one of the best nonfiction books of 2003. 

Book Review Submitted by Gretta Eubanks Barnes, M.A., SOT ,1992.