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Writing Novels with John Cowlin

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After years away, Moses is visiting Miss Clio, the woman who found him as a baby in a basket on a creek mudbank. Harve and Enos are a couple of hardscrabble losers making time at the local Grain & Feed. They need nineteen dollars to pay back the boys at the V.F.W. so they can get back in Friday night’s card game. Their plan: grab a shotgun and rob a Black church during Sunday service. This story is about seven church robberies, the Chicken Shack, pipe tobacco, a double-barrel shotgun, a library book, the Dicks cousins, a flat rock by a creek, three bus tickets, a granary, a bag of MoonPies, an Italian piano factory, the Colonel, four dollars in pennies, a cellar, dusty jackweed, Charlie’s Roadside Diner, a swamp shanty, Sergeant Isaac “Catfish” Dudley, hot peppers, a poker game, the Klan, and one pipe wrench.


John Cowlin’s second book is Baby Moses. His previous book was Monster City. He has been an educator for more than 25 years.