A Hole in the Sky by Philippe Aronson


Reviewed by John Papalas, Friends of the Library Board Member

A Hole in the Sky, by Philippe Aronson is a novel about the great heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson.  With ribaldry and wit, Aronson brings the iconic American back to life through a lively and in the end very touching account of his life. For North Carolina history enthusiasts, the story of Jack Johnson is often overlooked. The controversial international superstar was mortally wounded just 30 miles outside of Raleigh and taken to die to a hospital whose ghostly ruins still peer above Oakwood cemetery.