This novel is sure to join the rich canon of 'southern literature.
--Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August
From Pushcart Prize nominee Danny Johnson comes a powerful,
lyrical debut novel that explores race relations, first love, and
coming-of-age in North Carolina in the 1950s and '60s.
At eight years old, Raeford Junebug Hurley has known more than
his share of hard lessons. After the sudden death of his parents, he
goes to live with his grandparents on a farm surrounded by tobacco
fields and lonesome woods.
There he meets Fancy 'stroud and her twin brother, Lightning,
the children of black sharecroppers on a neighboring farm. As years
pass, the friendship between Junebug and bright, compassionate Fancy
takes on a deeper intensity. Junebug, aware of all the ways in which
he and Fancy are more alike than different, habitually bucks against
the casual bigotry that surrounds them--dangerous in a community ruled
by the Klan.
On the brink of adulthood, Junebug is drawn into
a moneymaking scheme that goes awry--and leaves him with a dark secret
he must keep from those he loves. And as Fancy, tired of saying yes'um
and living scared, tries to find her place in the world, Junebug
embarks on a journey that will take him through loss and war toward a
At once tender and unflinching, The Last Road
Home i> delves deep into the gritty, violent realities of the
'south's turbulent past, yet evokes the universal hunger for
Advance praise for The Last Road Home
In this intense and well?written debut novel, Danny Johnson
probes deep into the cauldron of racial relations in the 1960's
'south.&#160;The Last Road Home&#160; i> introduces
an exciting new voice in 'southern Literature. --Ron Rash, author of
Above the Waterfall i>
In The Last Road Home
i>, Danny Johnson evokes a 'south that in many ways may be gone, thank
the Lord.&#160;Yet Johnson's compelling and heartfelt rendering of
Junebug and Fancy couldn't be more charged and alive.&#160;The long
dramatic arc of their deep and ever evolving relationship traces a
time and a place giving way to change in violent fits and
starts.&#160;Yet this is no sociological treatise.&#160;It's a
flesh and blood story about two people, who risk just about everything
time and time again, for nothing more and nothing less than to love
each other. --Tommy Hays, author of In The Family Way
The Last Road Home&#160; i>took me straight
into the heart of a wounded boy who becomes a complicated man. By the
end of this stunning novel, I felt I'd come to understand humans
better than I had before, how we come to be the way we are :tender and
full of fury.
I don't recall having such a reaction to a novel.&#160;
Author&#160;Danny Johnson shrinks from nothing. I say :read it!
--Peggy Payne, author of Cobalt Blue i>
novel beautifully portrays the ways in which his young characters
struggle to overcome the history that has so fully shaped their lives.
--John Gregory Brown, author of Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery
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