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James Radford is a civil rights lawyer living and working in Decatur, Georgia.

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Boll Weevil
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"A highly engaging and thoroughly absorbing courtroom drama. . . . Skillfully written. . . . Daniel Riley is a great character but Michael Drummond is my Atticus Finch and the hero of the hour for me. I loved Boll Weevil and highly recommend it." - Reader's Favorite (5-Star Review)

"Radford's prose is light and descriptive, particularly when evoking the landscape of Goshen County. . .  the story remains compelling, and the pages fly by. . ." - Kirkus Reviews

"Honestly loved this book. [T]he prologue trapped me. I finished it two days later. It's about the law, marriage, sacrifice, race, our obligations to our up-bringing and our yearning to create meaningful change. The characters were deep and compelling. The high school debate team become law partners of Michael and Daniel - I feel like I know them. Jackie and Amber, friends struggling with belonging, motherhood, authenticity, and the sacrifices of marriage. It was funny. It was well plotted. It was so much better than I thought it could be. It spoke to me." - James Herndon, Head Debate Coach, Emory University

"The plot is absolutely the strongest pillar in this novel, weaving relevant social challenges concretely into the fabric of the narrative. . . . the author's familiarity with the law, as well as with this place and its dynamics, is palpable and makes it easy for the reader to relax into their hands." - Booklife Prize

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Boll Weevil is a lyrical portrait of a changing American South. A brash young lawyer returns to his rural South Georgia hometown seeking to gain political foothold by challenging the long-standing County Commissioner for his seat. The young politician soon realizes how little he understands the place and people he seeks to represent. To win, he must first confront his own misapprehensions about a society from which he has long been separated. Second, he must overcome the brutal, desperate means deployed by those in power to maintain their hold.

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Overview


"A highly engaging and thoroughly absorbing courtroom drama. . . . Skillfully written. . . . Daniel Riley is a great character but Michael Drummond is my Atticus Finch and the hero of the hour for me. I loved Boll Weevil and highly recommend it." - Reader's Favorite (5-Star Review)

"Radford's prose is light and descriptive, particularly when evoking the landscape of Goshen County. . .  the story remains compelling, and the pages fly by. . ." - Kirkus Reviews

"Honestly loved this book. [T]he prologue trapped me. I finished it two days later. It's about the law, marriage, sacrifice, race, our obligations to our up-bringing and our yearning to create meaningful change. The characters were deep and compelling. The high school debate team become law partners of Michael and Daniel - I feel like I know them. Jackie and Amber, friends struggling with belonging, motherhood, authenticity, and the sacrifices of marriage. It was funny. It was well plotted. It was so much better than I thought it could be. It spoke to me." - James Herndon, Head Debate Coach, Emory University

"The plot is absolutely the strongest pillar in this novel, weaving relevant social challenges concretely into the fabric of the narrative. . . . the author's familiarity with the law, as well as with this place and its dynamics, is palpable and makes it easy for the reader to relax into their hands." - Booklife Prize

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Description


Boll Weevil is a lyrical portrait of a changing American South. A brash young lawyer returns to his rural South Georgia hometown seeking to gain political foothold by challenging the long-standing County Commissioner for his seat. The young politician soon realizes how little he understands the place and people he seeks to represent. To win, he must first confront his own misapprehensions about a society from which he has long been separated. Second, he must overcome the brutal, desperate means deployed by those in power to maintain their hold.

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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Political

Language:English

Pages:304

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781543977936

Paperback ISBN:9781543977929


Overview


"A highly engaging and thoroughly absorbing courtroom drama. . . . Skillfully written. . . . Daniel Riley is a great character but Michael Drummond is my Atticus Finch and the hero of the hour for me. I loved Boll Weevil and highly recommend it." - Reader's Favorite (5-Star Review)

"Radford's prose is light and descriptive, particularly when evoking the landscape of Goshen County. . .  the story remains compelling, and the pages fly by. . ." - Kirkus Reviews

"Honestly loved this book. [T]he prologue trapped me. I finished it two days later. It's about the law, marriage, sacrifice, race, our obligations to our up-bringing and our yearning to create meaningful change. The characters were deep and compelling. The high school debate team become law partners of Michael and Daniel - I feel like I know them. Jackie and Amber, friends struggling with belonging, motherhood, authenticity, and the sacrifices of marriage. It was funny. It was well plotted. It was so much better than I thought it could be. It spoke to me." - James Herndon, Head Debate Coach, Emory University

"The plot is absolutely the strongest pillar in this novel, weaving relevant social challenges concretely into the fabric of the narrative. . . . the author's familiarity with the law, as well as with this place and its dynamics, is palpable and makes it easy for the reader to relax into their hands." - Booklife Prize

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Description


Boll Weevil is a lyrical portrait of a changing American South. A brash young lawyer returns to his rural South Georgia hometown seeking to gain political foothold by challenging the long-standing County Commissioner for his seat. The young politician soon realizes how little he understands the place and people he seeks to represent. To win, he must first confront his own misapprehensions about a society from which he has long been separated. Second, he must overcome the brutal, desperate means deployed by those in power to maintain their hold.

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About the author


James Radford is a civil rights lawyer living and working in Decatur, Georgia.

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