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The Hard to Catch Mercy: A Novel

The Hard to Catch Mercy: A Novel

by William Baldwin
     
 

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From lowcountry writer William Baldwin comes a new edition of his 1993 Lillian Smith Award-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 post-Civil War South, when the lines between these

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From lowcountry writer William Baldwin comes a new edition of his 1993 Lillian Smith Award-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 post-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, Baldwin'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.

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"A fine large-scale send up of the Great Southern Novel." --New York Times

"All readers of Southern fiction will enjoy this one." --Library Journal

"Southern story-telling at its best."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A work of art." --Raleigh News & Observer

"[A] funny, sad, gentle, violent story . . . The adventures of Willie T. are so exciting a reader can scarcely get from page to page fast enough." --Detroit Free Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611175219
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/17/2015
Series:
Southern Revivals
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


William Baldwin, a lifelong resident of the South Carolina lowcountry, has been a builder, shrimper, oysterman, teacher, historian, poet, biographer, and novelist. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, most recently The Unpainted South: Carolina's Vanishing World--a collection of songs, photographs, and poems--and the novel Charles Town.

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