From the bestselling author of eight novels, including Run with the Horsemen.
Each of these novella-length tales focuses on an epiphany—a revelation born of an unlikely interchange. A quixotic old doctor who loves poetry and battles bureaucracy talks with his new patient, an ex-con whose story of racism and injustice changes them both. The mettle of a man’s 40-year marriage is examined when he and his wife, on an expedition to gather wild plants, survive a series of odd accidents and strange encounters in the remote Georgia mountains. A group of smart-alecky high school seniors interviews the town’s oldest citizen and learns a lesson or two about the not-so-good (but maybe not-so-bad) old days and the bonds that can bridge generations. In Epiphany, Ferrol Sams once again displays the warmth, humor, and wisdom that have delighted readers and earned him many a comparison to Mark Twain.
“In typical Sams style, the three stories . . . are written with humor and heart. He is a master storyteller.”—Macon Telegraph
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Ferrol Sams is a physician, humorist, storyteller, and the bestselling author of eight novels rooted in the oral tradition of southern humor and folklore. He lives in Fayetteville, Georgia.From School Library Journal:
YA?Three stories that reflect the author's skillful use of narrative to reveal how relationships make people change or grow. The title piece is told in first-person medical dictations and in the third person. Dr. Mark Goddard meets Gregry McHune, a patient who is wary of people in general and of doctors in particular. As the physician provides time, care, and insights, Gregry entrusts him with his story, and the men become friends. The second selection is autobiographical; Sams tells about his marriage in "Harmony Ain't Easy," a brief, raucous tale. Will Henry McEachern, the oldest citizen in the county, narrates the final story. Three high school seniors interview him about the changes he has seen?from the days of Reconstruction to the present?in education, economics, race relations, and integration. As he and the students exchange ideas, the interview becomes a dialogue about "Relative & Absolute" moral issues, and gradually the sense of obligation on both sides becomes respect and affection. YAs unfamiliar with Sams will appreciate his careful craftsmanship, sense of place, and keen ear for dialogue and pacing.?Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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