Some Go Home by Odie Lindsey (Author)
In an imagined Pitchlynn of Mississippi, a family line consists of three generations is fractured by murder and redemption. After the war, Colleen the Iraq Veteran returns home to be a homemaker. She uses work to keep her agony at bay, but pregnancy breaks the crutch and brings the repressed trauma to the surface. Her husband, Derby, is oblivious from her breaking pain, while being preoccupied with the retrials result from the murder that his father committed decades ago. The descendants of the victims still live in the community around them and don’t feel so good about the fallout. Among these people is correctional officer Doc and Jessica, his wife.
Hare Hobbs’ guilt is doubted by the frenzy that the media has built. With the addition of the potential complicity of the townsfolk, the tension that has always been characterized by race and class. The most refute lies in the ownership of the land, which the Wallis House lies in the center. It is an antebellum estate that is desired by many. It is both the treasure of Pitchlynn in the 2010s and the scene of the murder in 1964. Now, violence once again erupts in the area.
The story is a blend of both collective history and personal tales. It explores the idea that home is not only a house but also an amalgamation of many places and people altogether. Colleen acts as the main character that binds everything together, but everyone who appears to bear the same importance, as every one of them serves their part to build the intimate Pitchlynn as it is now. Race, class, and power – the things that are the legacy of America, are depicted and illustrated nicely in the book.
“Lindsey’s incandescent debut novel captures a riveting slice of life from the deep South…In dazzling prose, the author lassos complex subjects with acuity, from the legacy of racism in Mississippi to internecine class wars, the horror of combat, and the joy and terror of becoming a mother. This is a consummate portrait of human fragility and grim determination.”
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Some Go Home is an extraordinary novel. It is lived-in in its particulars, told in energetic and evocative prose, and has as much insight into the peculiar ways the past informs the present as any book you’re likely to encounter this year. But more than that, Odie Lindsey seems to have a notion about what all that might mean for where we’re headed…in a world as strange as ours in a time as strange as this.”
- Kevin Powers, National Book Award finalist and author of The Yellow Birds
“Some Go Home reckons with blood ties, buried secrets, and the poisons of possession, reminding us that race and class sit inside each other, in permanent headlock. This is staccato realism; these sentences pop in the mouth like blackberries…To make fiction you need truth, and Lindsey offers it here in crystalline quantity.”
- Katy Simpson Smith, author of The Everlasting
“Some Go Home has the grit, power, and soul of Janis Joplin and the hardscrabble depth of Johnny Cash. Odie Lindsey brings Pitchlynn and north Mississippi to life better than anybody’s business―you will recognize the landscape, the language, and the people as real…Some Go Home will have a long and happy life in the American mind. This novel is nothing short of thrilling.”
- Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead
“Some Go Home is both timely and timeless, its prose crackling and sparkling with energy and humor and characters who by the end are as real as the people next door. Terrific, just plain terrific.”
- Tom Franklin, New York Times best-selling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
“Every page of Some Go Home blooms with verdant, undeniable, heart-lifting life. A truly welcome addition to the literature of the New American South.”
- Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations