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Return to Freedom
Return to Freedom is the sequel to
The Backside of
Nowhere. The story begins where Backside left off — the
day of the hurricane that wiped out the little bayou
village of Freedom, Mississippi.
wife and children and Sonny Staples are scrambling to get
out of town, while Beulah Booker is riding out the storm
with her boyfriend and other friends in the Lawrence
Readers of Backside will rememer
Malcolm and Sonny as the teenage hoodlums who looted an
electronics store during a flash flood many years ago.
They’re grown up now.
Malcolm works at the Piggly
Wiggly grocery store and has his hands full trying to love
and nurture an alcoholic wife and three teenage children.
Sonny, after spending some time in the state penitentiary,
has found Jesus and become an evangelical preacher. And he
has an eye for the ladies — the younger the better. Beulah
was getting ready to go to college at the end of the
previous novel. Now she’s a young, single mother running
Little Don’s, the diner she inherited from her father.
She’s got her hands full until a unicycle-riding street
performer named Marcia shows up to help her.
these characters end up living in the same condo
overlooking the bay, and the ways in which their lives
intersect are as stormy as the hurricane from which they
are still recovering.
Read an excerpt!
Read the reviews!
Return to Freedom from your favorite bookstore or
Trade paper $12.00
Publication year: 2012
"The whole detailed texture of life is here, the people who
are exactly what people are and not the preposterous
stereotypes with which the puppet-masters of tv and film
attempt to imitate life." - Jack Butler, author of Living
in Little Rock With Miss Little Rock
photos and videos from readings
"a welcome return to the dramatic, stifling and at times
destructive world of small town of Freedom, Mississippi first seen
in his book The Backside of Nowhere."
Ned Hayes, author of
Coeur d'Alene Waters
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