Winds of the South

Winds of the South

by Ben Walker

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Overview

Winds of the South is the story of Zimri Rhodes, a Connecticut Yankee who moves to the frontier country of middle Georgia in the early part of the 19th century. A journalist by trade, he starts the first newspaper in the area and marries a Southern girl who is the daughter of a wealthy planter. She brings as part of her dowry four slaves, whom Zimri decides to sell at auction.

Zimri regrets this decision for both personal and moral reasons. He tries to forget about it, however, as he returns to his home in Connecticut to visit family and friends. While there, he meets a most extraordinary woman, an actress from New York who is also involved in the abolitionist movement, though to what extent remains a mystery.

Shortly after he returns to Georgia, his young wife delivers their second and third children, fraternal twins.

Everything seems to have returned to normal, his newspaper is flourishing, and the future seems bright.

But one day the actress appears, makes a proposal that transforms both the town and her relationship with Zimri, and nothing is ever again the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780966614503
Publisher: Walker IV, Benjamin P.
Publication date: 02/01/2008
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Ben Walker is the author of Sentimental Music, a novel set in contemporary Florida, published in 1998. He is also a talented playwright, having penned The King's Dice, an absurdist musing on the last days of Alexander the Great, and Blood Relations, a black comedy of race, sex, and dashed dreams that was a winner of the 1997 South Carolina Playwrights' Conference Competition in Beaufort, S.C.

Mr. Walker is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, as well as San Francisco State University, where he received an M.A. degree in creative writing. He currently lives and writes in Jacksonville, Florida.

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