In this lively memoir, award-winning novelist Raymond Andrews vividly recalls the pleasures and pains of growing up black in rural Georgia in 1930s and 1940s-a time when families gathered together around the radio to listen to mysteries and sports events, when couty fairs and revivals provided riotous relief from the daily routine of country living, and when double features cost a dime.
With incomparable humor, Andrews describes his preoccupations as a child, such as perfecting the art of running-board jumping, avoiding the local bully, Minnie Pearl Massey, and sneaking peeks into the county jail and the notorious "DeMo's" caf, famous for fried fish, fights, and "sin." Along the way, he also supplies a lost segment of American history, describing the manners, mores, and daily lives of rural blacks-not only the prejudice they encountered but also the sports figures who inspired them, the teachers who educated them, the church that bonded them together, and the local characters who both amused and scandalized them, including guitar-picking, fast-driving, hard-drinking "Tampa Red" and "Old Mrs. Hill," who had been born a slave and inher nineties ran around with a "set of fast girls in their sixties." These and many other intriguing figures people the pages of THE LAST RADIO BABY, an entertaining, informative, and important view of a time and place in our history filtered through the gentle and generous vision of one of its most loveable characters.
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Raymond Andrews was born in Morgan County, Georgia, near Madison. He left his sharecropper home for Atlanta at age fifteen and after 1958 dividedhis time between New York City and Europe. Writing constantly while working a variety of jobs, he produced his widely acclaimed trilogy about the lives of rural blacks in the Georgia Piedmont region: APPALACHIAN RED, winner of the first James Baldwin Prize for Fiction; ROSIEBELLE LEE WILDCAT TENNESSEE; and BABY SWEET'S. In THE LAST RADIO BABY: A MEMOIR, published by Peachtree in 1990, Andrews wrote of the first fifteen years of his life, surrounded by real-life characters of Madison-Morgan Counties that inspired the fiction of his Muskhogean County trilogy. Andrews how lives in Athens, Georgia.From Library Journal:
Winner of the James Baldwin prize for fiction for his first novel Appalachee Red ( LJ 10/1/78), Andrews conjures up fading images of a slice of black life as it was not so long ago in a time and place with a complex and all-inclusive code of race and social relations. He recalls his first 15 years of life as the fourth of ten children of a cotton sharecropper in the Georgia hinterlands outside Atlanta during the 1930s and 1940s. In so doing, Andrews musters a parade of regional color that reveals the substance and shape of rural kinship and community. Sketches of family, friends, relatives, and local characters dominate the episodic glimpses of Southern black folk mores and wisdom. Andrews promises to extend the view with a sequel on his transition from countryside to city after he moved to Atlanta.
- Thomas J. Davis, Univ. at Buffalo, N.Y.
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