Fiction. Southern Literature. Winner of the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Award. Travis Hemperly is a white southerner who has never been the minority in any room he's ever entered. He has also just joined the history faculty at a historically black college in Atlanta. Off campus, he rekindles a relationship with an old flame, and life looks bright—until he begins to suspect that a family member witnessed a lynching as a child. Complicating matters, his father is now a talk show host for WCTR—Confederate Talk Radio—whose listeners debate whether slavery was wrong. In order to remain in his new position, Travis will have to come to terms with some history outside of his area of specialization—that of his family and that of the South.
Gray Stewart's life story reflects ways the South has changed and how it hasn't. He is a third generation white Atlantan but spent more than a decade on the faculty of Morehouse College, a historically African American men's college, where he taught the fiction workshop from 2000- 2010. He has also worked as a paramedic at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta's lifeline for the indigent and one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in the country. These experiences have given him a unique vantage point from which to describe "the city too busy to hate."Author City: ATLANTA, GA USA