Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in
Pub Date: 08/01/1987
List Price: $26.95
Bawdy and sometimes horrifying, hilarious on the way to being tragic, Raymond Andrews's Muskhogean County novels tell of black life in the Deep South from the end of the First World War to the beginning of the 1960s, from the days of mules and white men with bullwhips to the moment when the pendulum began to swing.
Andrews's first novel, Appalachee Red, is one of hard labor in the midday sun and sweet jukebox nights, of howling passion and gunpoint negotiations, of a mean white sheriff and of the enormous red-skinned black man who changed it all.
Andrews is a born story-teller. His sentences have driving rhythms; they fly like bees with stingers at the end. The mix of the funny and the awful gives the whole book a measure that sounds very much like real life. You get to know all the characters—and come to feel sorry for them all, the way one has to feel sorry for most people in this world. A fine piece of work.