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The facts are clear. It was, by all accounts, a "slug-ugly" crime. In 1949, George and Rufus Hamilton bludgeoned a taxi driver to death with a hammer in the dirt-poor settlement of Barker's Point, New Brunswick. Less than eight months later, the brothers were hanged for their crime. George and Rue's brutal act lives on in New Brunswick over half a century later, where the murder site is still known as "Hammertown". George Elliott Clark draws from this disturbing chapter in Canadian history in his first novel, brilliantly reimagining the lives - and deaths - of the two brothers. Fiercely human and startlingly poignant, "George & Rue" sifts seamlessly through the killers' pasts, examining just what kind of forces would reduce these men to lives of crime, violence, and ultimately, murder. In this richly evocative and bleakly comic tale, we also come to know the story of an impoverished Africadian community, powerless to help its people, and of a white community bent on viewing all blacks as dangerous outsiders. Infused with the sensual, rhythmic beauty that is the hallmark of George Elliott Clarke's writing, "George & Rue" is an unforgettable fiction debut.

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"Rough, uncompromising and ultimately heartbreaking." - Kate Saunders


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Hardback Editions

December 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: George and Rue
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 0-7867-1620-7 / 978-0-7867-1620-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
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August 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: George & Rue
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 1-84343-260-9 / 978-1-84343-260-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Press
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December 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: George And Rue
Author(s): George Clarke
ISBN: 0-00-225539-1 / 978-0-00-225539-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: George and Rue: A Novel
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 0-7867-1874-9 / 978-0-7867-1874-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
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August 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: George & Rue
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 0-09-948517-6 / 978-0-09-948517-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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December 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: George And Rue
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 0-00-648569-3 / 978-0-00-648569-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: George & Rue
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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January 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: George And Rue
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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