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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.
Praise For Chalktown…
The Sun (Baltimore)
From the lives of ordinary people Haynes crafts the extraordinary.
Haynes has stirred up a hornet's nest of a novel that will invite comparisons to Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor...Chalktown deserves its own place among breathtaking renderings of the South.
The Miami Herald
A compelling combination of Southern Gothic storytelling and murder mystery.
An original and lustrous work of art from a writer of rare grace and skill.
Time Out New York
A tale of tragedy and salvation that will keep readers guessing to the very last line.
Washington Square Press, 9780743442503, 368pp.
Publication Date: June 4, 2002
About the Author
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 husban