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Until The Dawn Paperback – March 8, 2008
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About the Author
Alec Clayton grew up in Mississippi in the fifties and sixties. He did graduate studies in art at East Tennessee State University, and then moved to New York, where he edited an alternative weekly newspaper for five years. After moving back to Mississippi in 1977, he and his wife, Gabi, published a weekly newspaper, Persons, and then a literary arts quarterly, Mississippi Arts & Letters. The Clayton's publishing business was operated out of their home, where they also ran an emergency shelter. Alec also taught art and directed the art gallery at the University of Southern Mississippi. Alec is a senior editor for the Ft. Lewis Ranger newspaper. He writes art criticism for the daily Olympian newspaper in Olympia, Washington, and for Art Access, a statewide magazine published in Seattle. His paintings are shown in galleries in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently working on his second novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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"Until the Dawn" alternates between very different places (primarily Tupelo, Mississippi, and New York City) and times (early to late 20th century), piecing together a fascinating and gritty story of the art world. As an artist, a Southerner, and a former New Yorker, Clayton knows these worlds well. But what makes this book special is the...well...FEROCITY with which it is written. It is incredibly evocative, at times shocking and at times charming and beautiful - and it all rings true.
Clayton attacks our society's foolish and tragic ills (including racism and homophobia) head-on in a richly politically-incorrect manner. It is a wonderful debut novel by a wise new voice in American fiction. As a librarian, I can assure all librarians that many a library patron will be delighted if you add this to your shelves.