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A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage: A Novel

Product Code: P467
ISBN: 9780881464467
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Availability: In stock
Price: $18.00

After tragedy at the White Camellia Orphanage, young Pip Tatnall leaves Lexsy, Georgia, to become a road kid, riding the rails east, west, and north. A bright, unusual boy who is disillusioned at a young age, Pip believes that he sees guilt shining in the faces of men wherever he goes. On his picaresque journey, he sweeps through society, revealing the highest and lowest in human nature and only slowly coming to self-understanding. He searches the points of the compass for what will help, groping for a place where he can feel content, certain that he has no place where he belongs and that he rides the rails through a great darkness. His difficult path to collect enough radiance to light his way home is the road of a boy struggling to come to terms with the cruel but sometimes lovely world of Depression-era America. This book is the Inaugural Winner of the Ferrol Sams Award in Fiction (2010).
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Review by: John Formy-Duval,—Contemporary Literature - November 1, 2012
A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage has the potential to become a classic American picaresque novel... Its themes and the power of its language, the forceful flow of its storyline and its characters have earned the right to a broad national audience.
Review by: Lucius Shepard - April 1, 2012
A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage tells of a young boy’s travels through the black heart of Depression America and his search for light both metaphorical and real. Writing with a controlled lyrical passion, Marly Youmans has crafted the finest, and the truest period novel I’ve read in years.

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