Ross Howell, Jr., Forsaken

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Margaret Mitchell House says
Ross Howell Jr.’s stunning debut novel Forsaken presents the chilling true story of Virginia Christian, an uneducated African American girl who was tried and convicted of murdering her white employer in 1912. Charlie Mears, a white man, covered the case as a rookie reporter. The book chronicles the story of the trial and its aftermath as seen through Mears’s eyes, weaving in actual court records, letters, and personal accounts.

The novel effortlessly blends fiction and reality, and portrays events both striking and horrific. Yet despite the immense tragedy at the heart of this fascinating novel, the story is ultimately one of redemption and hope.

Ross Howell Jr. pursued a career in marketing and publishing after earning a M.F.A. in the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. His fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Sewanee Review, Gettysburg Review, and other publications. He has taught essay writing, fiction writing, and literature at Harvard University, Simmons College, the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia, and, presently, Elon University. This is his first novel. He currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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By: Margaret Mitchell House

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