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Reading at Panorama

My reading and book talk at Panorama, a retirement community in Lacey, Washington, went well. Much of the discussion centered on race, as it often does when talking about Tupelo. I said that although race was an underlying theme in the book, it’s really about much more than that. It’s about Kevin Lumpkin and his relationships with family, friends, and especially girlfriends. Yes, there is mention of a lynching, lunch counter sit-ins and other events both truth and fiction that happened during the Civil Rights struggle. But there is also:

Football

Skinny dipping in “Bluehole”

A knife fight

An exploding boat

A mad dog attack

A murder trial

Walking naked through town

And a district attorney who is corrupt to the bone

 

See what all you’re missing if you don’t read Tupelo.

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