The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones Author:Jesse Hill Ford This is a novel which no American can disown but which only a Southerner could have written. The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones is a realistic narrative of racial crisis, set in a small Southern town, that far transcends its local setting. — Somerton, Tennessee, comes to a kindling point when George Gordon Lord Byron Jones, an undertaker and Some... more »rton's richest man, asks for something that Negroes in Somerton don't get: a divorce, a real divorce, in court. Somerton's best lawyer, Oman Hedgepath, agrees to handle the case at the urging of his nephew. Lord Byron's wife Emma is a stubborn, insatiable slut. The already dubious reputation of a white policeman is involved.
Jesse Hill Ford takes us under the surface of the small Southern town as no writer has done since William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. He gives life and breath to the men and women the headlines and television reports of the civil rights revolution have failed to make us understand.« less