News from Thornbriar Press
Brambleman, Jonathan Grant’s gritty, supernaturally-tinged tale of redemption and revenge in Forsyth County, Georgia has won the Independent Book Publishers Association 2013 Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for popular fiction. The Franklins were presented at the IBPA’s annual meeting in New York City on May 29 in a prelude to Book Expo America.
Brambleman tells the story of down-and-out writer Charlie Sherman, who has no idea what madness awaits when a stranger convinces him to finish a dead man’s book. Charlie’s work on the manuscript—about the mob-driven expulsion of 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912—leads him to a more recent crime that has enriched a Forsyth County family. Charlie becomes convinced that he’s been chosen by a Higher Power to wreak justice and vengeance upon those who profit from evil.
In describing his award-winning book, Grant said, “It’s not a dry, historical treatise. It’s often wildly funny, with a heavy supernatural twist and a protagonist who often resorts to very non-heroic tactics and, along the way, doubts his sanity, motives, and who he’s actually working for.”
The novel is an outgrowth of Grant’s work on his late father Donald L. Grant’s magnum opus, The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia (UGA Press), a Georgia “Book of the Year.” Grant has published a previous novel, Chain Gang Elementary. He is currently finishing work on his third work of fiction, Party to a Crime.
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