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9781612198644

The Ancient Hours

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  • ISBN13:

    9781612198644

  • ISBN10:

    1612198643

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-12-01
  • Publisher: Melville House Pub

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"The Ancient Hours […] packs a wallop" —New York Times Book Review

"The Ancient Hours is brilliant.” —Bud Smith, author of Work

"Bible is a fantastic writer." —Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here


Harmony, North Carolina is a typical town—full of saints and sinners you can’t tell apart...

Its history echoes with lynchings and shootings; mob violence and vigilante justice. But those are just whispers of a past lost to time. The summer of 2000 was different. Iggy in the Baptist church. Gasoline and a match. Twenty-five people dead. This, Harmony couldn’t forget.

Told in a kaleidoscope of timelines and voices, Michael Bible examines every dimension of a tragic but all-too-American story in The Ancient Hours. The victims, witnesses, perpetrators, and condemned comingle and evolve as the passage of time works its way through their lives. What emerges is a fable of the American South in the highest tradition: soaring, tragic, and eternally striving for redemption.

Author Biography

Michael Bible is originally from North Carolina. His work has appeared in the Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Al-Jazeera America, ESPN The Magazine, and New York Tyrant Magazine. He is a former bookseller at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, and lives in New York.

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