The Sweet Everlasting: A Novel

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University of Georgia Press, 1996 - Fiction - 194 pages
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Sharecropper's son, mill worker, and ex-convict, Ellis Burt surely knows adversity. For a brief and cherished time there was a woman, and then a child, who had been a kind of salvation to him. Then they were gone, leaving Ellis to carry on with the burden of what he had done to them - the ruin he brought down upon them all.
In The Sweet Everlasting, Ellis is seventy-four. Moving back and forth over a lifetime of memories, he recalls his Depression-era boyhood, the black family who worked the neighboring farm, his time in prison, and the subsequent years adrift - working jobs no one else would take and longing for a chance to rejoin what is left of his family. Ever in the background are the memories of his wife, Susan, and their boy, W. D., and how Ellis drew on her strength and his innocence to resist everything that threatened to harden him: the shame that others would have him feel, the poverty he had known, and the distorted honor and pride he witnessed in others and knew was inside him as well.
 

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Two things I like about this book as I am still mulling it over:one, its prose is clear and easy; disarmingly so, because what Ellis Burt, at 74, reveals as he reflects on a life of pain and joy isn't ... Read full review

The sweet everlasting: a novel

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Unlike many published poets, Mitcham (Somewhere in Ecclesiastes, LJ 12/91) has successfully made the transition to fiction with an inspiring debut novel. This book pulls together the recollections of ... Read full review

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Contents

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About the author (1996)

Judson Mitcham is chair of the psychology department at Fort Valley State College.

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