Charlie Smith, author of Ginny Gall, on tour February 2016

Posted By on December 9, 2015

Ginny Gall coverAbout Ginny Gall

• Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Harper (February 2, 2016)

A sweeping, eerily resonant epic of race and violence in the Jim Crow South: a lyrical and emotionally devastating masterpiece from Charlie Smith, whom the New York Public Library has said “may be America’s most bewitching stylist alive.”

Delvin Walker is just a boy when his mother flees their home in the Red Row section of Chattanooga, accused of killing a white man. Taken in by Cornelius Oliver, proprietor of the town’s leading Negro funeral home, he discovers the art of caring for the aggrieved, the promise of transcendence in the written word, and a rare peace in a hostile world. Yet tragedy visits them near daily, and after a series of devastating events—a lynching, a church burning—Delvin fears being accused of murdering a local white boy and leaves town.

Haunted by his mother’s disappearance, Delvin rides the rails, meets fellow travelers, falls in love, and sees an America sliding into the Great Depression. But before his hopes for life and love can be realized, he and a group of other young men are falsely charged with the rape of two white women, and shackled to a system of enslavement masquerading as justice. As he is pushed deeper into the darkness of imprisonment, his resolve to escape burns only more brightly, until in a last spasm of flight, in a white heat of terror, he is called to choose his fate.

In language both intimate and lyrical, novelist and poet Charlie Smith conjures a fresh and complex portrait of the South of the 1920s and ’30s in all its brutal humanity—and the astonishing endurance of one battered young man, his consciousness “an accumulation of breached and disordered living . . . hopes packed hard into sprung joints,” who lives past and through it all.

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Photo by Daniela Sero Smith

Photo by Daniela Sero Smith

About Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith, the author of seven novels and seven books of poetry, has won the Aga Khan Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, Harper’s, the New Republic, the New York Times, the Nation, and many other magazines and journals. Three of his novels have been named New York Times Notable Books. He lives in New York City and Key West.

Charlie’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, February 2nd: Bibliophiliac

Wednesday, February 3rd: Worth Getting in Bed For

Thursday, February 4th: Puddletown Reviews

Friday, February 5th: Book by Book

Monday, February 8th: The many thoughts of a reader

Tuesday, February 9th: I’m Shelf-ish

Thursday, February 11th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, February 16th: Lectus

Thursday, February 18th: A Bookworm’s World

Wednesday, February 24th: As I turn the pages

Thursday, February 25th: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Thursday, March 3rd: My Life in Books

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