Haylow: a novel
Travis Hemperly is a white southerner who has never been the minority in any room he's ever entered. He has also just joined the history faculty at a historically black college in Atlanta. Off campus, he rekindles a relationship with an old flame, and life looks bright—until he begins to suspect that a family member witnessed a lynching as a child. Complicating matters, his father is now a talk show host for WCTR—Confederate Talk Radio—whose listeners debate whether slavery was wrong. In order to remain in his new position, Travis will have to come to terms with some history outside of his area of specialization—that of his family and that of the South.
"Not since Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces has there been such a smart and hilarious dissection of Southern culture and manners. Stewart cuts a satirical swath through the booby-trapped territory of race politics in contemporary Atlanta. Haylow is destined to become a classic of Southern American literature."
--Anthony Grooms (Trouble No More, Bombingham)
An amusing and sometimes quite scathing look at academia, racial tensions, and the oppressive weight of the past that still characterizes life in the South."
--Kirkus Reviews Recommend Review
"Gosh, it’s good. In Haylow, the elephant in the room is race—make that the elephant in every room. And gosh, it’s ballsy. Gray Stewart has elephant-sized cojones to address so many politically sensitive issues and somehow leave us laughing like Brer Rabbit in that briar patch. A delicious and beautifully written book, I’m proud to be anywhere near it."
--Charles McNair (Land O’ Goshen, Pickett's Charge)