Fiction. A comedy, a tragedy. Threadgill Pickett, veteran of the Civil War, breaks out from an Alabama old folks home and starts a quest northward to kill the last living Union Soldier—this to avenge his twin brother, who was needlessly killed by Union soldiers, outside of any conflict. On his journey, Threadgill encounters two brothers building a time machine, a trio of Ku Kluxers, a man collecting raccoons that turn out to be rabid, a wannabe country singer, and a truck-driving woman to make men stand in awe. He also encounters a Utopian society of blacks and whites who share family, food, love, and grief.
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About the Author
Charles McNair, a native of Alabama, published his first novel, Land O Goshen, to critical acclaim and a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1994. He currently lives in Atlanta and makes a living as a freelance writer and communication consultant to major corporations. He has served as Books Editor at Paste Magazine since 2005, and he routinely publishes essays, reviews, and articles in national and international publications. He reviews regularly on Atlanta radio station WMLB 1690 AM, and he conducts "How to Tell a Better Story" workshops nationally for corporations, businesses, and universities. Most recently he is the author of PICKETT'S CHARGE (Livingston Press, 2013), and his third novel, The Epicureans, is in the works.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fantastically quirky tale of revenge and ruin, Pickett’s Charge is set in Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement, and chronicles the efforts of 114-year-old Threadgill Pickett, the last surviving Confederate sympathizer, to seek out and murder the last surviving Union soldier—even if he has to escape from the nursing home to do it! As he sets out on his cross-country journey, he meets a cast of outrageous characters along the way. Although the story may be limited by its heavy use of local landmarks and city names that only Alabama residents would recognize, it’s still a finely layered psychological story.