A Prohibition-era sharecropper's son named Mary Jane in an Upstate
South Carolina mill village. A Myers Park matron named Aunt Lou who runs a
big-time bootlegging organization from her house with its polished brass
fixtures and lacquered floors. A whiskey baron named Larthan Tull whose
Hillside Inn, a one-time boarding house on Highway 9, is a front for his underground
liquor business. A double murder. A star-crossed romance. No wonder Jon Sealy's
first novel, "The Whiskey Baron," sold out its first printing. No
wonder Wiley Cash calls this book "a simmering powerhouse of a
novel." No wonder Kirkus Review calls the novel "a
near-flawless effort by a writer to watch."
Come hear Sealy read from "The Whiskey Baron" (Hub City
Press, $26) tonight at 7 at Park Road Books at Park Road Shopping Center,
Dannye Romine Powell has published three collections of poetry (University of Arkansas Press), and a non-fiction book, "Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers" (John Blair). Over her years at the Observer, she's served as book review editor, feature writer, restaurant critic and local news columnist. Count on her for news of Carolinas authors and write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.