Fiction. First time in paperback. This novel, which won the Novello Literary Award in 2006, hits hard and doesn't stop hitting. Bathanti surely drew on his extensive experience teaching in prisons to create a scad of unforgettable and unforgiving characters in an equally unforgettable and unforgiving setting: a prison camp. Cal Gaddy is haunted by his father, a guard who took young Cal on hunts for escaped convicts, despite protests from Cal's religious mother. And then we have Thrake, the hardcore sergeant who much resembles Cal's father and who brooks no disciplinary problems from the prisoners—with the exception of the camp's voodoo man, Pitch, a contraband dealer who keeps Thrake fearful of his powers to curse and maim. A bonus: Bathanti's prose hits every bit as powerfully as his tale and his characters. Here is a novel to awake each reader to another, darker side of life. Bathanti surely drew on his extensive experience teaching in prisons to create this unforgettable and unforgiving setting: a prison camp.
Bathanti is the author of ten books of poetry, including Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal (nominated for the National Book Award, and winner of the Oscar Arnold Young Award); Land of Amnesia; Restoring Sacred Art (winner of the 2010 Roanoke-Chowan Award, given annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association for best book of poetry in a given year); Sonnets of the Cross; Concertina (winner of the 2014 Roanoke-Chowan Award); and The 13th Sunday after Pentecost, released by LSU Press in 2016. His novel, East Liberty, won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. His novel, Coventry, won the 2006 Novello Literary Award. His book of stories, The High Heart, won the 2006 Spokane Prize. They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina's Visiting Artists, 1971- 1995, his book of nonfiction, was published in early 2007.Author City: BOONE, NC USA