The Hard to Catch Mercy

The Hard to Catch Mercy

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From lowcountry writer William Baldwin comes a new edition of his 1993 Lillian Smith Awarda€“winning novel, The Hard to Catch Mercy. Including a new introduction by the author, this Southern Revivals edition makes available once more a story that touches on the issues of religion, race, and coming-of-age in the posta€“Civil War South, when the lines between these issues were not always clear. Set in fictional Cedar Point, a small southern community in the early 1900s, The Hard to Catch Mercy is told through the eyes of a young boy, Willie T., who is forced to confront the changing world around him. Including a cast of incredibly outlandish characters, Baldwina€™s novel is a wild, darkly comic tale rich with trick mules, Christian voodoo, fire, brimstone, first love, death, and the end of the world as Willie T. knows it.Over all this hung the thick smell of burnt fuel, an oily, relentless odor. ... flowerprint dressa€”kneeling on the kitchen floor with the salvaged bits of her calendar spread out in every direction. ... Surely, the Negro woman could fix the calendar.

Title:The Hard to Catch Mercy
Author:William Baldwin
Publisher:Univ of South Carolina Press - 2015-03-02


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