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Walter Edgar's Journal

Mercy Creek


Friday - September 30, 2011


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About This Show

Matt Matthews, pastor at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, joins Dr. Edgar to talk about his first novel, Mercy Creek, winner of the South Carolina Arts Commission First Novel Prize.

On his first day out of school, 16 year-old Isaac doesn't feel that events of June in a town on Virginia's Eastern Shore could threaten his life or even change it. But there are signs. By the middle of a sultry July, Isaac has discovered that small towns in which everybody knows everybody else's business often hide the most vicious secrets. By solving mysteries of a twisted communal past, laying bare the stains of a history that includes the Klan, Isaac has resolved where he belongs in the world, opening the future.

In this quietly suspenseful story with splashes of manic humor, the eccentrics, the recluses, the bigots and the bores join the human parade. The march for that parade, however, is the heart-stirring strains of forgiveness.

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