Whippoorwills Only Sing at Night

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Whippoorwills Only Sing at Night evokes a time and place that will be forever etched in the memory of those who lived through the Great Depression in rural Kentucky. The story centers around eleven-year-old Tray Davenport growing up in a closely-knit, isolated village where God matters and neighbors take care of one another. However, the killing of the local womanizing-bootlegger Check Spriggs, shatters the little community's peace. The man who did the killing, Vertries Mulberry, said he shot Check for trying to steal his horses. But Tray overhears a conversation in a barn in which Check boasts he is going to spend the night with Vertries? beautiful wife, Belinda.Tray?s father, Matt, is a close friend of Vertries. He promises to stand by him even if he is indicted for murder. Matt believes a man has the right to shoot a horse thief. After all, one couldn?t make a living on the hard-scrabble farms in south central Kentucky without a team. When Tray tries to tell his father what he heard Check say, Matt does not take it seriously. But a few weeks later Belinda confesses to Minerva, Matt?s wife, that she did indeed have an affair with Check and is carrying his baby. And that, she says, is the reason Vertries killed Check.Now Matt must decide whether to tell the law what he knows, which could send his best friend to prison, or to keep silent and live with a guilty conscience. Matt?s moral struggle, coupled with his heavy drinking, that leads to nearly knifing a neighbor following an argument over the killing, diminishes his standing in the eyes of his son. Tray has always wanted to grow up to be like his father--the best teamster in Cleary County. Now he begins to have second thoughts. When they bury Check Spriggs, they are burying more than a philandering bootlegger. They are also burying a little boy?s innocence.Selah Ridge, Ky., in 1939 could have been a Third World community: Mud roads. No electricity. Radios rare. No telephones. Travel done mainly in horse-drawn 'j

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Veteran journalist James L. Adams grew up during the Great Depression and W.W.II in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains in south central Kentucky--the setting for his first novel. He attended a one-room school in the first grade, a two-room school from second to eighth grade and a four-room high school ? all in Kentucky.The Adams family moved at the end of W.W.II to Cincinnati. Adams received a Certificate in Journalism from the University of Cincinnati Evening College in 1950. Following two years of military service with the U.S. occupation forces in Frankfurt, Germany, Adams enrolled at Ohio State University in 1953. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1955. He was awarded a Fellowship to the Washington (D.C.) Journalism Center at American University in 1967. He won a Medill Fellow scholarship to the Urban Journalism Center at Northwestern University in 1973.Adams began his journalism career at suburban Chicago newspapers in 1955. In 1962, he returned to Cincinnati to join The Cincinnati Post staff as a general assignment reporter. He later became an assistant metro editor and city editor, retiring as associate editor-columnist in 1991.He has written two non-fiction books: The Growing Church Lobby in Washington (William B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mi., 1970), and Yankee Doodle Went to Church, (Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, N.J., 1989).He and his wife, Phyllis, are the parents of three daughters and one son. They also have one granddaughter.

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