Ted Poston wrote the fictionalized accounts of his childhood growing up in segregated Hopkinsville as a personal project during his newspaper career. They were first published as a collection a decade after his death.
Walker, a Danville native whose reputation stretches far beyond the commonwealth of Kentucky, examines how relationships between fathers and sons can pass sorrow and strength from one generation to another.
The collection features fictionalized accounts of Poston's childhood, growing up in the 1910s in segregated Hopkinsville. The author and his buddies play the heroes, often outwitting the white community, but also their black elders.
The two-volume set of essays from Kentucky farmer and author Wendell Berry shows the both the complexity and consistency of the writer who "has called himself an agrarian, a pacifist, and a Christian — albeit of an eccentric kind."
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