This event is free with pre-purchase of the book, otherwise you will be charged $5 at the door.
Meet Janis Owens this Saturday, December 1, at 4:00 p.m. at The Paisley Cafe for a book talk and signing. Refreshments provided by Paisely Cafe.
I’m a cracker. Read that, not as a confession for a proclamation, but an excited self-realization of someone who has long bemoaned her lack of cultural identification. So perhaps it is that cracker identity that makes me feel so drawn in to Janis Owens’ American Ghost. It is the same southern historical story-telling that made Pat Conroy (and us) swoon over Owens’ earlier novel, My Brother, Michael.
In American Ghost, Owens weaves a romance between Jolie Hoyt, daughter of a Pentecostal preacher, and Sam Lense, a Jewish anthropology student, around a lynching that the fictional town of Hendrix, Florida, would rather not remember. But like a ghost that lingers long after its time, the town continues to be impacted.
Based on the horrific lynching of Claude Neal in Owens’ hometown of Marianna, Florida, the story is haunting and yet, way too familiar. (MDGentleReader)