Down Town

The Journal of James Aloysius Holcombe, JR. for Ephraim Holcombe Mookinfoos

By Ferrol Sams
Mercer University Press, Hardcover, 9780881460728, 309pp.

Publication Date: June 2007

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The literacy landscape of the rural South is peppered with great storytellers, but few are as endearing as James Aloysius ?Buster? Holcombe, Jr., observant narrator of the new novel by best-selling author Ferrol Sams. Buster Holcombe begins his tale immediately after the Civil War, as the patriarchs of his small Georgia town sow seeds that will sprout for more than a century. Generation after generation, we are introduced to the men and women of ?our town.? As he has demonstrated in previous books, including the highly acclaimed Run With the Horsemen, Ferrol Sams is a master at developing rich characters. Calculating politicians, ruthless businessmen, nosey spinsters, manipulating wives, Southern belles, morticians, - they're all part of the fabric of ?our town.? And Buster Holcombe, the piano playing, poetry loving lawyer who never had time for a wife, loves them all in spite of their shortcomings. Ferrol Sams' eye for what is real among the myths and what's human is unerring.

About the Author
FERROL SAMS is a physician, humorist, storyteller, and best-selling novelist and is the author of seven books. Most notable is his trilogy of novels in which an eccentric and quixotic hero, Porter Osborne Jr., mirrors Sams's own Georgia boyhood in Fayette County. All of his works are rooted in the oral traditions of Southern humor and folklore. Sams and his wife were in private practice together in Fayetteville since 1951, and in 1987 they established the Fayette Medical Center.
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