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It Is Time, Lord

A Novel

Voices of the South

183 pages / 5.50 x 8.50 inches / no illustrations

Fiction

  Paperback / 9780807121191 / October 1996

It Is Time, Lord is beautifully written, page on page; written, composed, balanced from word to word.”—New Statesman

James Christopher—publisher, husband, and father of two—is headed for trouble. Once a North Carolina farm boy who grew up hoeing corn, fighting with his cousin, and listening to his grandmother read from the Bible, James resigns from his job for no apparent reason, drinks too much, fails in his attempt to take up writing, and, following the advice of a skirt-chasing rogue, has an affair with a woman he dislikes.

Daring to recall the events of his childhood, especially the fire that destroyed his grandparents’ home, James, obsessed with his past and its deceptions, struggles to truly understand his history and its influence on the man he has become. 

Fred Chappell is the author of twenty-six books of poetry, fiction, and critical commentary. His most recent collection was Shadow Box. A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1964 to 2004 and was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. He and his wife, Susan, live in Greensboro.

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