With the same emotional generosity and effortlessly compelling storytelling that made All Over But the Shoutin’ a national bestseller, Rick Bragg...more
With the same emotional generosity and effortlessly compelling storytelling that made All Over But the Shoutin’ a national bestseller, Rick Bragg continues his personal history of the Deep South. This time he’s writing about his grandfather Charlie Bundrum, a man who died before Bragg was born but left an indelible imprint on the people who loved him. Drawing on their memories, Bragg reconstructs the life of an unlettered roofer who kept food on his family’s table through the worst of the Great Depression; a moonshiner who drank exactly one pint for every gallon he sold; an unregenerate brawler, who could sit for hours with a baby in the crook of his arm. In telling Charlie’s story, Bragg conjures up the backwoods hamlets of Georgia and Alabama in the years when the roads were still dirt and real men never cussed in front of ladies. A masterly family chronicle and a human portrait so vivid you can smell the cornbread and whiskey, Ava’s Man is unforgettable. less
Bragg tells stories of his families history in great detail. I actually grew up and still live in the area his books are based on and every detail is amazingly correct-the place hasn't changed much since his grand parents' time.
I actually listened to this book (on CD)! and I'm looking forward to his previous book (All Over But the Shoutin)and his latest (The Prince of Frogtown). He is the consumate storyteller not to mention his literary skills! A pure genius!
Another memoir from Rick Bragg. This one concentrates more on his grandparents-stories they told about themselves and stories other family members had to tell about them. I bawled like a baby at the end--fair warning.