Chalktown

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Jun 4, 2002 - Fiction - 368 pages
20 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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
7
3 stars
3
2 stars
5
1 star
2

Review: Chalktown

User Review  - Ross Stocks - Goodreads

The culture depicted was reminiscent of that in Beasts of the Southern Wild, but more believable - except that a nearly total lack of drunkenness is as unlikely as its pervasiveness in Beasts. The ... Read full review

Review: Chalktown

User Review  - Renee Daughtry - Goodreads

This is exactly the kind of writing and fiction book I really enjoy. Characters come alive and become real. I could smell the low land and the south and loved it. Read full review

All 3 reviews »

Selected pages

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
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

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.

Bibliographic information