by Jonathan Grant


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Brambleman by Jonathan Grant

Down-and-out Atlanta writer Charlie Sherman has no idea what madness awaits him when a mysterious stranger convinces him to finish a dead man's book about a horrific crime that's gone unpunished for decades.

What Charlie inherits is an unwieldy manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912. During the course of his work, Charlie uncovers a terrible secret involving a Forsyth County land grab. Due to its proximity to Atlanta, the stolen farm is now worth $20 million-and a sale is pending.

When he finds the land's rightful owner, Charlie becomes convinced he's been chosen by a Higher Power to wreak justice and vengeance on those who profit from evil.

And then things go horribly wrong.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: Forsyth County, famous as the birthplace of Hee-Haw's Junior Samples, has for most of the past century, existed as an intentionally all-white community bordering the black Mecca of Atlanta since 1912, following one of the 20th century's most violent racist outrages-including lynching, nightriding, and arson.

In 1987, the sleepy community gained notoriety when a small march led by civil rights firebrand Hosea Williams was broken up by rock- and bottle-throwing Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and their sympathizers. Bloody but unbowed, Williams returned the next week with 25,000 followers in one of largest civil rights marches in history. There was talk of reparations. Oprah came. Protests and counter-protests yielded a landmark Supreme Court case on free speech. But most importantly, white people flocked to Forsyth. It became the fastest- growing county in the nation, the richest one in Georgia, and one of the twenty wealthiest in the U.S.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983492122
Publisher: Jonathan Grant
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Jonathan Grant is an award-winning writer and editor (The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia), and Brambleman is his second novel. His previous novel, Chain Gang Elementary (also published by Thornbriar Press), tells the tragicomic story of a war between a reform-minded PTA president and an authoritarian principal. A Thousand Miles to Freedom, his screenplay based on the real-life adventures of escaped slaves William and Ellen Craft, was recently optioned to Hollywood.
Grant grew up on a Midwestern farm and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English. He is a former newspaper journalist and served for several years as a Georgia state government spokesman. He lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife and two children.

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Brambleman 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure initially what to make of the other-worldly aspect of this story...and I'm still not! But this vibrant bunch of characters have a very compelling story to tell about good, evil and all the gray area in between.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about this book when I first started reading it. It started off a little slow, but after a few chapters I couldn't put it down. Nearly 1300 pages is a lot to digest, but the hours seemed to melt away as I was immersed into the series of unfortunate events that happen to Charlie, the primary character. There are many supporting characters interspersed throughout the story, and often times you wonder about their importance as you read. The story takes an interesting turn of events in the last few chapters and brings their relevance into clear view.
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Really well written.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Wasn't to sure about it but was very surprised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good, I still have 20 pages til the end, but I highly recommend it. It deals with a guy that has married into a very racist inbred family and he exposes all their dirty secrets while screwing his own life up at the same time. I don't want to say too much so that's all you'll get. This is one of the best books I've read in a while, it is very entertaining and moves quickly. I haven't been able to put it down. There are a lot of different characters so it can be hard to keep track of who's who, but it's interesting how everyone ties into the story. Definitely never a dull moment.