Howie Cobb left his home in Douglasville, Georgia, when he was just a boy of seventeen. It was 1936. Howie could see nothing in Douglasville but a life trapped in the cotton mill, where many generations of his family had eeked out a living. When the opportunity came to join the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) and seek adventure in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Howie didn't hesitate. He left his family and his girl a somewhat confused boy who knew little of the ways of the world or the ways of God. During his years with the Cs he became a man who understood his place in the world and the true meaning of baptism into the fold. He experienced great joys, suffered the agonies of loss and learned about trust and love. Howie found the deepest core of himself amidst the dark green pines along Iron Mountain Road.
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Kenneth Robbins, originally from Douglasville, Georgia lives with his wife in Ruston, Louisiana, where he is a professor of the Performing Arts at Louisiana Tech University. His first novel Buttermilk Bottoms, received the 1986 Toni Morrison Prize and the Associated Writing Programs Novel Award. His other works include In the Shelter of the Fold and The City of Churches. As a playwright his works for the stage have been produced throughout the U.S., Great Britain,Canada, Japan, Tasmania, Lebanon, Bulgaria, and Denmark.Review:
"The Baptism of Howie Cobb -- has a sense of great authority." Barrie Stavis, author of Harper's Ferry and The Man Who Never Died.
"(Robbins) explores issues of place and prejudice and takes readers into a little explored piece of our history." Ann Grauvogl in The Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
"The real delight of the novel. . . is getting to know Howie as he discovers himself." Jamie Sullivan, South Dakota Magazine
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Book Description Dream Catcher Publishing, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0929925289