Robert Hicks brings the post-Civil War south to life through the imagined version of the last years of John Bell Hood and his Creole wife, Anna Marie.
(Up to Date, 10-7-09) Confederate General John Bell Hood, lingers on his deathbed in 1879, stricken by yellow fever.?
He summons an unlikely confessor to his side: Eli Griffin, a local ice merchant who arrived in New Orleans years before, intent on killing Hood.?
Arriving at Hood's house, where the only other resident, Hood's daughter, is already dead from the fever, Hood entrusts Griffin with a manuscript, a private memoir that he says tells many painful but necessary truths, and Griffin reluctantly secrets it away.
The tale is the historical fiction of Robert Hicks, known for his best-selling debut novel Widow of The South.
?Hicks joins Steve Kraske to talk about his latest novel which again brings the post-Civil War south to life. .
Learn more about Robert Hicks and his work on his website.
Hicks, born and raised in South Florida, moved to Williamson County, Tennessee in 1974.? In 1979 he moved to Labor in Vain, a late-eighteenth-century log cabin, near Leiper's Fork, Tennessee.
Working both as a music publisher and as an artist manager in both country and rock music, Hick's interests remain broad and varied. A partner in the B. B. King's Blues clubs in Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles, Hicks serves as 'Curator of Vibe' for the corporation.