Paul H. Yarbrough once again perfectly and vividly captures the voice of a land and a people in his second novel, also set in Mississippi. This tale is not only about one boy’s memorable year, but also examines the larger meaning of growing up Southern and American during a simpler era.Ten-year-old Charlie McCoy and his friends are curious about the fire up at the abandoned house on the outskirts of town. Since the grown-ups aren’t...

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