Greene, Melissa Fay.
Title Praying for Sheetrock, A Work of Nonfiction.
Publisher Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., (1991). First Edition, First Printing.
Seller ID 2037gls
Octavo, white cloth & blue boards (hardcover), map illus. endpapers, x + 337 pp. Near-Fine, with light foxing; in a Fine (As New), mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: In the 1970s, along the subtropical coast of Georgia, two old and isolated communities -- one white, one black -- began to eye each other by the light of strange new political realities. Years after the struggle for civil equality between the races transformed much of the rest of the South, news of the outside world filtered into McIntosh County, and the resultant mass meetings, boycotts, and lawsuits altered the old country customs forever. Praying for Sheetrock is the story of the political awakening of a tiny black community, and of the downfall of a flamboyant renegade sheriff and his courthouse gang. It is also the story of his undoing, many years later. Brilliantly melding the rich and varied voices of the people of McIntosh County into a small-town saga, Melissa Fay Greene lets the people tell their outrageous, funny, eloquent, and touching stories -- and makes our hearts stop with their importance. Deacon Henry Curry, the patriarch of the black community, recalls the assassination of President McKinley. Sheriff Poppell separates tens of thousands of Yankee tourists from their money. Thurnell Alston becomes the first freely elected black county commissioner since Reconstruction. And Fanny Palmer, a retired shrimp worker living in an ancient sharecropper shack, prays to the Lord for sheetrock, and sheetrock is delivered.