Chalktown

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 4, 2002 - Fiction - 368 pages
3 Reviews
From the acclaimed author of Mother of Pearl comes the story of Chalktown, an eerily quiet village in George County, Mississippi, where folks communicate with one another solely through chalkboards hanging from their front porches. Sixteen-year-old Hezekiah Sheehand lives down the road with his reckless sister, Arena, his mentally disabled younger brother, Yellababy, and their often cruel mother, Susan-Blair, whose husband has abandoned the family. The mystery of Chalktown calls to Hez, and one day he sets out with Yellababy strapped to his back, determined to divine the key to the chalk. Meanwhile, his family confronts a tragedy that just might pave an unexpected road toward a hopeful future.
 

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User Review  - Eliz12 - LibraryThing

Haynes is a good writer, with a fabulous ear for dialogue, but I'm halfway into this book and I have no interest in continuing to read. There seems to be an idea for a plot, but the story is so meandering that I forget what happened every time I set the book down. Read full review

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User Review  - startingover - LibraryThing

A Southern gothic tale of murder and religion centred around 16-year-old Hez who looks after his young retarded brother and who stumbles upon the secrets of Chalktown, where the inhabitants communicate via chalk instead of speech. [July 2004] Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
21
Section 4
25
Section 5
32
Section 6
41
Section 7
59
Section 8
65
Section 18
169
Section 19
175
Section 20
183
Section 21
187
Section 22
192
Section 23
201
Section 24
207
Section 25
237

Section 9
78
Section 10
83
Section 11
95
Section 12
110
Section 13
114
Section 14
133
Section 15
137
Section 16
148
Section 17
160
Section 26
249
Section 27
260
Section 28
272
Section 29
296
Section 30
309
Section 31
318
Section 32
330
Section 33
348
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About the author (2002)

Melinda Haynes, author of the bestseller Mother of Pearl, grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. A painter most of her life, she now writes full time from her home in Grand Bay, Alabama, where she lives with her husband.

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