A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest
When Titus Horace, successful African American author, inherits a large tract of land, he leaves Chicago with his Jewish wife Ardene and their daughter Asa, and moves to the segregated North Carolina of 1950. Unhappy at being uprooted from her school and friends, Asa quickly learns how persons of color are intimidated
and humiliated on a daily basis and how, despite their education and talent, each day becomes an effort to survive brutal hostility. Asa discovers she and her father, a professor at the college for black students, cannot enter the town’s public library. As Asa struggles to adapt to her new life, she falls in love with a musical savant who lives in a cabin on Horace land, and joins members of a small diverse community to defy the oppression of legal segregation through profound acts of resistance.
A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest was a finalist for the inaugural International
Beverly Prize established by Eyewear Publishing to honour the memory of Beverly Swift, a Quebec-born lawyer and college administrator. Beverly Swift was a writer and reader known for her compassion and moral vision.
C.P. Mangel received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Health degrees
from Northwestern University, and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University. Mangel practiced law for over two decades, and then received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia.