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The Last Road Home

(2016)
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From Pushcart Prize nominee Danny Johnson comes a powerful, lyrical debut novel that explores race relations, first love, and coming of age in North Carolina in the 1950s and '60s.

At eight years old, Raeford "Junebug" Hurley has known more than his share of hard lessons. After the sudden death of his parents, he goes to live with his grandparents on a farm surrounded by tobacco fields and lonesome woods. There he meets Fancy Stroud and her twin brother, Lightning, the children of black sharecroppers on a neighboring farm. As years pass, the friendship between Junebug and bright, compassionate Fancy takes on a deeper intensity. Junebug, aware of all the ways in which he and Fancy are more alike than different, habitually bucks against the casual bigotry that surrounds them - dangerous in a community ruled by the Klan.

On the brink of adulthood, Junebug is drawn into a moneymaking scheme that goes awry - and leaves him with a dark secret he must keep from those he loves. And as Fancy, tired of saying yes'um and living scared, tries to find her place in the world, Junebug embarks on a journey that will take him through loss and war toward a hard-won understanding.

At once tender and unflinching, The Last Road Home delves deep into the gritty, violent realities of the South's turbulent past, yet evokes the universal hunger for belonging.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"This novel is sure to join the rich canon of Southern Literature." - Anna Jean Mayhew


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July 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Last Road Home
Author(s): Danny Johnson
ISBN: 1-4967-0249-2 / 978-1-4967-0249-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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July 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Last Road Home
Author(s): Danny Johnson
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July 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Last Road Home
Author(s): Danny Johnson
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August 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Road Home
Author(s): Danny Johnson
Publisher: Kensington Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU