Blackly humorous tale follows fortunes of lovable misfit

The Ballad Of Lee Cotton, by Christopher Wilson, Little, Brown, €21.60.

23rd April, 2005

The Ballad Of Lee Cotton, by Christopher Wilson, Little, Brown, €21.60.

Lee Cotton is not an average black kid in Eureka, Mississippi, in 1950. For starters, he's white with blond hair and blue eyes; and he hears voices, usually from living people, but now and again a dead one will creep in.

Lee's father is an Icelandic sailor, while his mother is a black “high-strung, sulky homegirl with a strong gospel habit'‘. Their acquaintance goes no...

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