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Hog Butcher

A Novel
Fair, Ronald L. (Paperback - 2014 )
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Instantly recognized as a gritty classic when it was first published in 1966, Hog Butcher was later adapted for the 1975 film Cornbread, Earl and Me. This new edition brings back into print Fair’s startlingly relevant indictment of Chicago’s inequalities.


It’s summer on the South Side of Chicago, and ten-year-old boys Earl and Wilford are frequently courtside watching their role model Nathaniel “Cornbread” Hamilton as he prepares to leave for college on a basketball scholarship. Their world comes crashing down in an alley when two cops—one white, one black—mistake Cornbread for a fleeing burglary suspect. What follows threatens to tear apart the community. Earl and Wilford know what happened, but will they stand up for their hero in a city in which power trumps justice, and each player must decide whether to fold to the system, or risk losing it all?

Instantly recognized as a gritty classic when it was first published in 1966, Hog Butcher was later adapted for the 1975 film Cornbread, Earl and Me. This new edition brings back into print Fair’s startlingly relevant indictment of Chicago’s inequalities.



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On the South Side of Chicago, ten-year-olds Earl and Wilford deal with the fallout after witnessing what happens when two cops mistake their role-model, college-bound basketball player Nathaniel "Cornbread" Hamilton, for a burglary suspect.

Authors: Fair, Ronald L.
Statement of Responsibility: Ronald L. Fair ; foreword by Cecil Brown
Title: Hog butcher
a novel
Characteristics: 182 pages ; 21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
LCCN: 2014007232
ISBN: 0810129884
9780810129887
Branch Call Number: FIC F
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A new edition of a streetwise classic, first published in 1966 and later adapted for the 1975 film Cornbread, Earl and Me. The novel centers on two 10-year-old boys living in Chicago who must deal with the repercussions of having their role model, college-bound Nathaniel “Cornbread” Hamilton, be ... Read More »


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A new edition of a streetwise classic, first published in 1966 and later adapted for the 1975 film Cornbread, Earl and Me. The novel centers on two 10-year-old boys living in Chicago who must deal with the repercussions of having their role model, college-bound Nathaniel “Cornbread” Hamilton, be mistaken by two cops for a fleeing burglary suspect.

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