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From the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of Hold It ’Til It Hurts comes a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment—a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer.

Welcome to Braggsville. The City that Love Built in the Heart of Georgia. Population 712

Born and raised in the heart of old Dixie, D’aron Davenport finds himself in unfamiliar territory his freshman year at UC Berkeley. Two thousand miles and a world away from his childhood, he is a small-town fish floundering in the depths of a large, hyper-liberal pond. Caught between the prosaic values of his rural hometown and the intellectualized multicultural cosmopolitanism of Berzerkeley, the nineteen-year-old white kid is uncertain about his place until one disastrous party brings him three idiosyncratic best friends: Louis, a “kung-fu comedian" from California; Candice, an earnest do-gooder claiming Native roots from Iowa; and Charlie, an introspective inner-city black teen from Chicago. They dub themselves the “4 Little Indians.”

But everything changes in the group’s alternative history class, when D’aron lets slip that his hometown hosts an annual Civil War reenactment, recently rebranded “Patriot Days.” His announcement is met with righteous indignation, and inspires Candice to suggest a “performative intervention” to protest the reenactment. Armed with youthful self-importance, makeshift slave costumes, righteous zeal, and their own misguided ideas about the South, the 4 Little Indians descend on Braggsville. Their journey through backwoods churches, backroom politics, Waffle Houses, and drunken family barbecues is uproarious to start, but will have devastating consequences.

With the keen wit of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and the deft argot of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, T. Geronimo Johnson has written an astonishing, razor-sharp satire. Using a panoply of styles and tones, from tragicomic to Southern Gothic, he skewers issues of class, race, intellectual and political chauvinism, Obamaism, social media, and much more.

A literary coming-of-age novel for a new generation, written with tremendous social insight and a unique, generous heart, Welcome to Braggsville reminds us of the promise and perils of youthful exuberance, while painting an indelible portrait of contemporary America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ghastly and funny and gloriously provocative…Johnson’s prose is by turns scathing dark humor, soaring lyricism, and a quietly devastating analysis of every species of injustice.”

    Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Transcendence is what Geronimo Johnson achieves in this remarkable novel. Every racial assumption is both acknowledged and challenged in ways at times hilarious, at other times poignant. Welcome to Braggsville is ambitious, wise, and brave.”

    Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Combines Ben Fountain’s steely political eye, Junot Diaz’s pop-infused dogma, and Toni Morrison’s sense of social justice through historical reckoning. Big, shiny literary prizes were created for books like this one.”

    Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Geronimo Johnson is a fearless and driven young writer of dazzling gifts. His books map American multiculture as a poignant and twisted human comedy in which nobody comes out clean…surprising, heartbreaking, tragicomic, and deeply disturbing.”

    Jaimy Gordon, National Book Award–winning author of Lord of Misrule

  • “A rollicking satire…Radical, hilarious, tragic, and all too relevant.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Like listening to an erudite satirist play the dozens in a marathon performance…Organic, plucky, smart, Welcome to Braggsville is the funniest sendup of identity politics, the academy, and white racial anxiety to hit the scene in years.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The most dazzling, most unsettling, most oh-my-God-listen-up novel you’ll read this year. T. Geronimo Johnson plays cultural criticism like it’s acid jazz. His shockingly funny story pricks every nerve of the American body politic.”

    Washington Post

  • “In his second novel, Johnson delivers a funny and tragic coming-of-age story that spares no one its satirical eye…Johnson’s prose has a sketched-out and dreamlike quality, a private shorthand that adds to the feeling of intimacy, an apt trick when dealing with subject matter like race and class.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Johnson’s observations about race are both piercing and witty, making this edgy novel so much more complex than a send-up of the South and liberal academe…Those with a love for linguistic romps will want to take on this literary dark comedy.”

    Library Journal

  • “In his second novel, after Hold It ’til It Hurts, Johnson continues his unique inquiry into questions of race and class, this time with a satiric edge…Johnson takes aim at a host of issues, gleefully satirizing political opportunists, social media, and cultural mores…A provocative exploration of contemporary America.”


  • “Four college students’ attempt to protest Southern folkways goes awry in a novel that blurs the line between academic satire and social realism…A rambunctious, irreverent yet still serious study of the long reach of American institutional racism.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator MacLeod Andrews captures the essence of the audiobook with a slow delivery full of gravitas. His voice expresses knowing sarcasm and hints at the story’s comic darkness. He does an excellent job performing the many accents; his voice is clear, and his tone atmospheric. It’s a great book and a terrific performance.”


  • “Combines the intellectual urgency of a satire with the emotional resonance of a tragedy. Welcome to Braggsville is as smart as it is subversive, and as bleakly hilarious as it is deeply necessary.”

    Jennifer duBois, author of A Partial History of Lost Causes

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A National Book Award Longlist Selection
  • A Carnegie Medal for Literature Longlist Selection
  • A 2015 Top 10 Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Best Fiction of 2015
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
  • Finalist for the 2016 Indies Choice Award

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About the Author

T. Geronimo Johnson received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his MA in language, literacy, and culture from UC Berkeley. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Best New American Voices, the Indiana Review, the LA Review, and Illuminations, among other literary publications. His first novel Hold It ’Til It Hurts was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. He is currently a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Berkeley, California.