Minnow by James E. McTeer II
The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home will host James E. McTeer II, featuring his book, Minnow.
Minnow is an otherworldly story of a small boy who leaves his dying father's bedside hunting a medicine for a mysterious illness. Sent by his mother to a local druggist in their coastal town, Minnow unexpectedly takes a dark and wondrous journey deep into the ancient Sea Islands, seeking the grave dust of a long-dead hoodoo man to buy him a cure. With only a half-feral dog at his side, Minnow's odyssey is haunted at every turn by the agents of Sorry George, a witch doctor who once stirred up a fever that killed 52 men. Meanwhile, a tempest brews out at sea, threatening to bring untold devastation to the coastal way of life. Minnow is a remarkable debut novel that evokes the fiction of Karen Russell and Lauren Groff a Low Country "Heart of Darkness" about the mysteries of childhood, the sacrifices we make to preserve our families, and the ghosts that linger in the Spanish moss of the South Carolina barrier islands.
McTeer’s book won the South Carolina First Novel Prize in 2015. Minnow has gone on to win a regional Gold IPPY, received starred reviews from Kirkus and Library Journal, and was called a “fabulous tale” by Pat Conroy. Born and raised in Beaufort, S.C., McTeer now lives in Columbia with his wife, infant son, and two dogs. He is the grandson of the late J. E. McTeer, whose thirty-seven years as High Sheriff of the Lowcountry (and local witch doctor) served as inspiration for Minnow.
The event is free and open to the public.
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