By Paul Hemphill
The Ballad of Little River is a story of that fateful 12 months, an anatomy of 1 of the numerous church arsons around the South within the overdue Nineteen Nineties. it's also even more -- a biography of a spot that appeared, at the cusp of the millennium, caught in yet again. while veteran journalist Paul Hemphill, the son of an Alabama truck motive force who has written largely at the blue-collar South, moved into Little River, he came across the turn aspect of what the natives wish to name "God's country": a dot at the map faraway from the mainstream of yank existence, a forlorn cluster of poverty and lack of awareness and dead-end jobs in the dead of night, snake-infested forests, an international that point forgot.
Living along the electorate of Little River, Hemphill came upon a stew of characters correct out of fiction -- "Peanut" Ferguson, "Doll" Boone, "Hoss" Mack, Joe Dees, Murray January, a Klansman named "Brother Phil," and his stripper spouse referred to as "Wild baby" -- swirling right into a maelstrom of unbearable warmth, malicious gossip, historic grudges, and unresolved racial animosities. His tale of ways their lives intertwined serves, besides, as a chilling cautionary story concerning the rate that has to be paid for dwelling in digital isolation in the course of a time of exceptional progress in the US. God's nation is in deep trouble.
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