Run with the Horsemen

Run with the Horsemen

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Author/Contributor(s): Sams, Ferrol
Publisher: Penguin Books
Date: 07/03/1984
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
From the author of The Whisper of the River and Epiphany.

In this coming-of-age story, Porter Osbourne Jr. is a precocious, sensitive, and rambunctious boy trying to make it through adolescence during the Depression. On a red-clay farm in Georgia, he learns all there is to know about cotton-chopping, hog-killing, watermelon-thumping, and mule-handling. School provides a quick course in practical joking, schoolboy crushes, athletic glory, and clandestine sex. But it is Porter's family-- his genteel, patient mother, his swarm of cousins, his snuff-dipping grandmother, and, most of all, his beloved though flawed father--who teaches Porter the painful truths about growing up strong enough to run with the horsemen.

The writing is elegant, reflective, and amused. Mr. Sams is a storyteller sure of his audience . . . gifted with perfect timing.--The New York Times Book Review

Remarkable both for its humor and its sustained and detailed picture of a mischievous Southern farmboy's life during the Great Depression.--The Washington Post