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Easter Weekend

A Novel

Voices of the South

216 pages / 5.50 x 8.50 inches / no illustrations

Fiction

  Paperback / 9780807122778 / April 1998

“Brilliant . . . hits you fast and very hard. His driving, uncompromising prose thrusts a light into a nightmarish part of America lesser writers flee. First-class, unforgettable!”—James Dickey

It’s Easter weekend in Macon, Georgia, and Connie Holtzclaw, a goodhearted ex-boxer and small-time loser, dreams of carrying his girlfriend away to a ranch in Montana. His brother Carl, though, has other ideas. He wants a big score, and he persuades Connie to join in a kidnapping—a sure thing, a rich local college kid whose mother will do anything to get him back. For a moment it seems Connie may achieve his dream. Then Tommy Wilson, a murderous gangster, crazy as only a pure American product can be, decides to up the stakes. In this gritty novel of loss, violence, and redemption, a distinguished American poet explores the dark world last seen in the novels of James M. Cain, where death lurks everywhere and a new beginning is always just out of reach.

David Bottoms ' two novels and four books of poetry have won him much praise and many awards. He teaches English at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he is also editor of the literary journal Five Points.

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