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Odie Lindsey In Conversation with Chanelle Benz
Thursday, August 06
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Some Go Home is a searing debut novel following three generations fractured by murder in fictional Pitchlynn, Mississippi that complicates notions of race, class, history, and identity.

Colleen—an Iraq war veteran turned Mississippi homemaker—must reckon with a decades-old murder that has haunted her community, her family, and herself. When pregnancy brings her buried trauma to the surface, Colleen works hard to keep her deployment behind her. Her husband, Derby, is in turn preoccupied with the long-overdue retrial of his father, Hare Hobbs, for a Civil Rights-era murder. Central to Some Go Home is the town's showpiece, antebellum estate. More monument than manor, it is both the scene of the murder and the proposed jewel of gentrified Pitchlynn. For Colleen and the others, all of whom seek healing, the estate comes to embody various paths to redemption—whether razed, restored to a perceived greatness, or stripped of all recognition. As the trial draws near, questions of Hare's guilt only magnify these tensions of class and race, tied always to the land and who can call it their own.

Informed by his work editing the Mississippi Encyclopedia, Lindsey's prose is insightful and wonderfully detailed, steeped in the same cultural history the characters are forced to confront in the book. Part literary saga and part cultural provocation, Some Go Home is a richly textured, explosive depiction of both the American South and our larger cultural legacy.


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Some Go Home (Hardcover )

  • By Odie Lindsey
  • Price: $26.95
  • ISBN: 9780393249521
  • Published: W. W. Norton & Company