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Told by a young boy forced to deal with the changing world around him in fictional Cedar Point, Baldwin's story touches on religion, race and coming of age in the post-Civil War South, when the lines dividing these issues were not clear.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 5th 2005 by History Press (first published June 1st 1993)
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Not always an easy story to read, but a remarkably well written one. And one of my favorite things- a first novel by an author who went on to prove it wasn't a fluke.

In a small town in South Carolina in 1916, fourteen-year-old Willie T. Allson comes to manhood in a manner befitting the finest Southern tall tales. "An epic tale of Southern myth, mystery, and mayhem."--The Indianapolis News. Winner of the Lillian Smith Award for Fiction.

"A work of art . . . Baldwin's fi...more
David DeValera
Baldwin serves up a great Southern tale but lets you have some say in the seasoning. Stories are told from different angles and so you have to reason out your own version of events. It's not the least bit confusing, however; because Baldwin is too good of a story teller for that.

You can believe that Hard to Catch Mercy's (yes, that is a character's name) sister was or wasn't pregnant. You can believe that a great family treasure (buried somewhere) exists or never existed. Was the preacher's wife...more
More like three and a half stars.

! Been on my shelves since 1995....why'd I wait so long?
Drags some and slow to start - but worth it.

Episodes from a southern boyhood: family intrigue, post-Civil War history, race, religion, and superstition are all part of the mix in Baldwin's meandering first novel.
Nov 26, 2012 Dee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good story.
Recommended to Dee by: Nancy Pearl, Now Read This
This was a coming of age story that started in the year 1916, when Willie T. Allson was just fourteen years old. He and his cousins Uncle Jimmy and Brother, orphans who came to live with Willie T.'s family after their pa died, had numerous escapades that gave the book both humor and tragedy. I found it to be a real page-turner.
Terry Morris
LOVE THIS BOOK. While the themes are nothing like To Kill A Mockingbird it reads similiarly. This is a great book.
picked this up at a used book sale. pretty interesting.
Holly Drawdy
Read in college. I need to read again
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