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It’s 1977. Bannen, Georgia, nestled amid pine forests, is rife with contrasts: natural beauty and racial tension, small-town charm and long-term poverty. An unsettling place for a Black man who fled it years ago and has since traveled the world.

But Greer Michaels has to come home, to care for his dying mother.

And that means he’ll have to reckon with the devastating secret
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Paperback, 218 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Jaded Ibis Press
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Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I was fortunate to read an advance copy of this beautiful, deeply moving work from a fellow Jaded Ibis Press author. Forthcoming in September.
Emily Monaco
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the distinct pleasure of reading an advance copy of this book, and I cannot recommend it heartily enough. Dayson manages through deft, beautiful language to convey a gentle story of homecoming, love, and finding out who one truly is. Across multiple generations of characters, this story evokes a tumultuous period in American history with care, gravitas, and genuine emotion. Never does it rely on shock value, as it could; instead, it guides the reader along quietly through the hearts and li ...more
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I had the opportunity to get an ARC of this book at AWP19 in Portland. Sion Dayson has done a solid job in her debut novel, creating an interesting cast of characters and weaving together a good, if a little tropey, story. I look forward to seeing what she does in the future.
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Sion Dayson was born in New York City, grew up in North Carolina, and earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Utne Reader, The Wall Street Journal, The Rumpus, Hunger Mountain, and many other venues, and her writings often focus on travel, living abroad, and her literary hero, James Baldwin.

She has won grants and residencies from The Kerouac
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