In”The Sweet Everlasting” Judson Mitcham cuts through the moral ambiguities of life in the mid-century, rural south to show us the heart and soul of a good but flawed man.
Sharecroppers’ son, mill worker and ex-convict, Ellis Burt surely knows adversity. For a brief and cherished time there was a woman and then a child, who had been a kind of salvation to him. Then they were gone, leaving Ellis to carry on with the burden of what he had done to them-the ruin he brought down upon them all.
In “The Sweet Everlasting”, Ellis is seventy-four. Moving back and forth over a lifetime of memories, he recalls his Depression-era boyhood, the black family who worked the neighboring farm his time in prison, and the subsequent years adrift-working jobs no one else would take and longing for a chance to rejoin what is left of his family. Ever in the back ground are the memories of his wife, Susan and their boy, W.D. and how Ellis drew on her strength and his innocence to resist everything that threatened to harden him: the shame that others would have him feel, the poverty he had known, and the distorted honor and pride he witnessed in others and knew was inside him as well.
Like the hero of William Kennedy’s masterpiece, “Iron Weed” Ellis Burt is a man of uncommon personal dignity and strength, and always moving toward, but never expecting, redemption.
Hello IYBC please show your support on 15 November 2012 at 6:30 pm at the Augusta Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901
The novel “The Sweet Everlasting” by Judson Mitcham promises to provoke a passionate dialogue as we interpret our and others opinion in concert with conversation.
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