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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasusbooks (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991099311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991099313
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,842,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CURING TIME is Tim Swink's debut novel. After working in the legal profession as an Attorney's Investigator for over twenty years, he has come back home to his first love, writing. Prior to his legal career, he was the Managing Editor at a small newspaper near Pinehurst, North Carolina. He has worked for USA Today, the Greensboro News and Record, Tarheel Magazine and is currently a contributing writer for O. Henry Magazine. A sequel to CURING TIME is in the works, as well as a third book entitled MADD INLET which takes place at Sunset Beach, North Carolina, in 1968-1969, during the turbulent crux of the Vietnam war.

Tim is the grandson of a North Carolina tobacco farmer and has peeled the caked tobacco juice from his hands as well. Tim and his wife reside in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2014
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I have purchased many books from Amazon but this is the first book for which I felt compelled to write a review.

Tim Swink has written a powerful work of historical fiction. This story takes place in the tobacco fields of North Carolina during the late 1950s. This book spoke to me because I grew up in the rural South in the 1950s; however the story could be about any man lost in a world changing beyond his grasp, and the fight to preserve family and livelihood.

It is the story of Hume Rankin, his family, and his way of life. It is also the story of Walt Neal. Walt Neal is the black man who works for Hume and whose family lives in a cabin on Hume’s land. Through Hume and Walt we also see a realistic look at the black and white co-dependency in the rural farm life of the 1950s. In many ways we see that the lives of Hume and Walt are more alike and more intertwined than either ever imagined.

It is through Walt’s blind wife, Daisy, that Hume is made aware of a dark underworld that a rational man would not disturb. The unfolding story leads us to question whether Hume’s desperate intrusion into this spirit world might ultimately be his undoing.

“Curing Time” is the term for the aging and maturing process that tobacco undergoes after harvest, when the tobacco is transformed into its final, perfected form. In this story we come to understand the term is also a metaphor for the “curing time” of a man’s soul. Will the change and adversity impacting Hume’s world strengthen him or will it destroy him, his family, and his way of life. Can Hume survive and adapt to the changes coming to his life?

Also, did a devastating series of misfortunes drive Hume to inconceivable violence?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Godfrey on January 30, 2014
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I am just 'taken' by Tim Swink's novel, "Curing Time." I highly recommend it. Tim develops a twisting, wonderful, page-turning plot, beautiful, lovable characters, around a late 1950's rural North Carolina tobacco farming setting, which comes alive with mid-life struggle and crisis, race relations, a murder (which the reader is certain they have solved, only to be shocked in the end), and the magic and spirit world of an old, blind black lady.

It is just a great, beautifully written book. I felt I had been on a great literary journey, full of wise lessons to be learned, while stirring the emotions from the outset. Congratulations to Tim, definitely an up and coming great southern writer. Do yourself a big favor and get a copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WillieReads on December 18, 2013
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I love this book! “Curing Time” moved me in unexpected ways that I wasn’t ready for and I didn’t see coming.

Tim Swink has given us a poignant portrait of a struggle that mankind has known since Adam & Eve.

What I thought was a story about tobacco farmers, I quickly discovered was a beautifully written tale of family, love, loyalty and life’s never ending changes that indeed sometimes can change the very soul of ourselves and of our country.

The message in “Curing Time” is powerful and a must read. I’m giving it to everyone on my Christmas list. You will NOT be disappointed in this extraordinary read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Wineburg on June 11, 2014
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I loved Curing Time by Tim Swink! It is still resonating with me two days after I finished it. I can’t quite put my finger on just why. I have read quite a few novels in my day, but I can’t get a grip on exactly why this one is still hanging with me. I almost put it down after 30 pages because the book moved slowly for me at first. I am too impatient to wait for character development –which in this work - was central to eventually turning me into a page flipping speed reader. One hundred pages in, and I felt like I was at a NASCAR event the way I was racing through the pages.

The book was a place-based historical novel. It was a deep but simply told story. To capture the transition the South was making from a rural, small farm tobacco economy, to something different, was no small task. It was a time when land was passed from generation-to-generation, and was moving to a period of land development and agribusinesses. Rural and urban were becoming one big connection to growing Southern urban manufacturing centers of the 50s. Tim Swink did not ignore this transition. He captured a normally dry and boring analysis of social change, if discussed from 30,000 feet, very cleverly. He harnessed profound changes to people and things through his well-developed characters. And characters they were!

Once he accomplished that, Hume, Walt, Daisy, Ellen, Mary Ellen, and others, not only became my neighbors, I felt like I was getting a history lesson about the intricacies of daily life of a large family in a small tobacco community in transition. However, the story did not ignore racial subplots, class and religious conflicts, love, hate, commitment, and craziest of all, “believable” magical realism.
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