With the same emotional generosity and effortlessly
compelling storytelling that made All Over But the Shoutin’ a national
bestseller, Rick Bragg continues his personal history of the Deep South. This
time he’s writing about his grandfather Charlie Bundrum, a man who died before
Bragg was born but left an indelible imprint on the people who loved him.
Drawing on their memories, Bragg reconstructs the life of an unlettered roofer
who kept food on his family’s table through the worst of the Great Depression;
a moonshiner who drank exactly one pint for every gallon he sold; an
unregenerate brawler, who could sit for hours with a baby in the crook of his
In telling Charlie’s story, Bragg conjures up the backwoods
hamlets of Georgia and Alabama in the years when the roads were still dirt and
real men never cussed in front of ladies. A masterly family chronicle and a
human portrait so vivid you can smell the cornbread and whiskey, Ava’s
Man is unforgettable.
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