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Marlin Barton is the first recipient of the Capote Prize for short fiction. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also teaches creative writing in a program for juvenile offenders called Writing Our Stories, created by the Alabama Writers’ Forum.

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A captivating third novel

His characters are never caricatures, and they reveal that the greatest mysteries of all lie within the human heart.

In Marlin Barton’s superb new novel, two men, one black, one white, find common cause in an attempt to understand their shared ancestor, Rafe Anderson, and the mysterious deaths of two of his newborn children.

But what makes Children of Dust most memorable is Barton’s refusal to simplify and judge.

Marlin Barton is one of our most underrated writers, and I hope this novel gains him the attention he’s long deserved.

Ron Rash
Author of Serena and In the Valley

Children of Dust shows how the unsettled questions from the past carry forward, creating searches for answers generations later

The breaks and turns give a vivid sense of how history is both made and survived.

Ravi Howard, Author of Driving the King and Like Trees, Walking, winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

With riveting prose, Barton proves he is a master storyteller

An immersive story that asks the hardest questions and answers them with powerful and propulsive historical fiction.

Patti Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah

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Rich Justice

June 12, 2024|

Rich Justice  By Robert Bailey  Thomas & Mercer, 2024  Paperback: $16.99  Genre: Legal Thriller  Reviewed by Edward Journey  Robert Bailey harnesses the mystique and mythology of Alabama’s Sand Mountain region in Rich Justice, Bailey’s tenth novel and the third in his series of Jason Rich legal thrillers. Bailey, a Huntsville attorney, is the bestselling author of the Bocephus Haynes series and the McMurtrie and Drake series, in addition to the Jason Rich books and The Golfer’s Carol, an inspirational novel.   Jason Rich is a charismatic, smart, and grandstanding “billboard lawyer” – also arrogant, alcoholic, and reckless – known throughout Alabama. Rich Justice finds him as a disgraced attorney on a two-year suspension from practicing the personal injury law that made his reputation. It would be a disservice to reveal much of the plot of Rich Justice. It begins, however, when Tyson Cade, the “meth czar of Sand Mountain,” is murdered at a service station and all evidence implicates Jason Rich as the murderer. The events that follow revolve around Rich’s decision to represent himself in the murder [...]

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