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Some Go Home: A Novel (Paperback)

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This "thrilling" novel that follows three generations—fractured by murder, seeking redemption—in fictional Pitchlynn, Mississippi "has the grit, power, and soul of Janis Joplin and the hardscrabble depth of Johnny Cash." (Randall Kenan)

An Iraq War veteran turned small-town homemaker, Colleen works hard to keep her deployment behind her—until pregnancy brings her buried trauma to the surface. She hides her mounting anxiety from her husband, Derby, who is in turn preoccupied with the retrial of his father, Hare Hobbs, for a decades-old, civil rights–era murder. Colleen and Derby’s community, including the descendants of the murder victim, still grapple with the fallout; corrections officer Doc and his wife, Jessica, have built their life in the shadow of this violent act.

As a media frenzy builds, questions of Hare’s guilt—and of the townsfolks’ potential complicity in the crime—only magnify the ever-present tensions of class and race, tied always to the land and who can call it their own. At the center of these lingering questions is Wallis House, an antebellum estate that has recently passed to new hands. A brick-and-mortar representation of a town trying to erase its past, Wallis House is both the jewel of a gentrifying 2010s Pitchlynn, and the scene of the 1964 murder itself. When fresh violence erupts on the property grounds, the battle between old Pitchlynn and new, between memorial site and moving on, forces a reckoning and irreparable loss.

Some Go Home twists together personal and collective history, binding north Mississippi to northside Chicago, in a richly textured, explosive depiction of both the American South and our larger cultural legacy.

About the Author

Odie Lindsey is the author of We Come to Our Senses: Stories. He received an NEA Fellowship for combat veterans and is writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Medicine, Health, and Society. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Praise For…

A polished debut novel…[Some Go Home] captures the divided identity of the new South.

— New York Times Book Review

Some Go Home has the grit, power, and soul of Janis Joplin and the hardscrabble depth of Johnny Cash…This novel is nothing short of thrilling.

— Randall Kenan

[A] charismatic debut…[As with] Jesmyn Ward’s Bois Sauvage [and] William Faulkner’s Jefferson…Pitchlynn is a vital new locale on that Mississippi map.
— Jonathan Miles - Garden and Gun
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393867473
ISBN-10: 0393867471
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: July 27th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English
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