The Hard to Catch Mercy

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"A work of art . . . Baldwin's first novel is like a great wheel with fifteen spokes, each spoke an adventure emanating from its hub in the story of the Allson family of Cedar Point in low-country South Carolina. Set in 1916, most of the tale involves the maturation of the 14-year-old narrator, Willie T. Allson, who learns about sex, death, history and the fragile nature of happiness."

— The 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



WINNER OF THE LILLIAN SMITH AWARD FOR FICTION

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.

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"Richly threaded with stories and endowed with characters you will remember long afterwards -- like kin folks, oldest friends and enemies...a wonderfully rich experience marked by power and energy and beauty and, at the heart of its magic fable, a truth worth knowing and keeping."
Bret Lott
"Does in grand fashion what all great southern novels do: drenches us with stories, saturates us with family history, intoxicates us with life. Once readers surrender to Mr. Baldwin, they'll wish this fat novel was even fatter."
Josephine Humphries
"When William Baldwin tells a story, the whole world comes along with it, full of flesh-and-blood celebration and laughter and pure delight. I've been waiting for a novel like The Hard To Catch Mercy for years, and the wait was worth it. A glorious book!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449909447
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/17/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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