Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South

Truevine is a small town in Virginia, and this superb nonfiction work from Beth Macy is the story of the Muse brothers, African-Americans with albinism, who were born there, and into poverty, around the turn of the last century.   As small children, they were lured away/kidnapped/sold to be exhibited in circuses and sideshows as freaks, anything from wild men to Martians.  This was the only life they knew as they grew to manhood and beyond, ultimately lost from family, but never forgotten.  Exhaustively researched and sensitively told.  Loved it.  We wonder, from this vantage point, what life would they have chosen if the choice had been theirs to make.

Full Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided to me by Little, Brown and Company via NetGalley. I would like to thank the publisher and the author for providing me this opportunity. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

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