Summer of Smoke: A Thing of Beauty I
by Edward Bloor
Seven years after it was torn apart by racial violence, James Porter returns to his hometown of Trenton, New Jersey, for a high school reunion. He reconnects with old friends, and with sworn enemies, and with the girl who got away. He relives the events of the tumultuous summer of 1968—vivid memory after vivid memory—until he finally faces the terrible truth of what happened there.