Fall Line: A Novel

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NewSouth Books, 2011 - Fiction - 256 pages
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December 1, 1955: Flood gates are poised to slam shut on a concrete dam straddling the Oogasula River, creating a lake that will submerge a forgotten crossroads and thousands of acres of woodlands in rural Georgia. The novel unfolds in one day's action as viewed through the eyes of Elmer Blizzard, a troubled ex-deputy; Mrs. McNulty, a lonely widow who refuses to leave her doomed shack by the river; her loyal, aging dog, Percy; and a rapacious politician, State Senator Aubrey Terrell, for whom the new lake is named. A story of land grabs, loss, wounded families, bitterness, hypocrisy, violence and revenge in the changing South, Fall Line is populated by complex characters who want to do the right thing but don't know how. Joe Samuel Starnes's novel is a memorable, beautiful, and heartbreaking tale of a backwater hamlet's damaged people and its transformed landscape.

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About the author (2011)

Joe Samuel Starnes is a novelist and journalist living in Philadelphia. He has published one novel, Calling, and many short stories, poems as well as magazine and newspaper articles. He was awarded a fellowship to the 2006 Sewanee Writers' Conference. A native of Anniston, Alabama, he grew up in Cedartown, Georgia.

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