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Until the Dawn
artist vanishes at the height of his career - Red Warner,
an artist from a small town in Mississippi, makes it big
in New York and then vanishes following a wild party in
his SoHo loft. To discover what happened and why, a
childhood friend immerses himself in their shared history
in a search that carries him back to his Mississippi home
and a secluded fishing camp on the coastal bayous. Along
the way we learn how a small town football player coming
of age in the time between World War II and the sixties
became a leading artist of his time and about the secret
that has haunted him since he left the South.
Until the Dawn is a coming of age story, a coming out
story, and a story that brings together two worlds: the
New York art world of the 1980s and the racial strife of
the Deep South in the 1960s.
This is Alec Clayton's
first book and the one that introduces Travis Earl Warner,
who shows up decades later in the "Freedom Trilogy."
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Order Until the Dawn from your favorite bookstore or:
Trade paper $12.00
Kindle edition $9.99
Publication year: 2nd edition 2008
edition published 2000
"Blooming bodily desires, racism, and rock and roll take
their turns enlivening the plot, yet the writer's primary
concern is to focus on the growth of an artistic imagination
in such fertile ground." - Larry Johnson, Southern Quarterly
"Stunning debut novel by a wise
new voice in American fiction" - Dave
Gantt, librarian, Washington, D.C.
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