A dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment - a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer.
Born and raised in the heart of old Dixie, D'aron Davenport is a small-town fish floundering in the depths of a large, hyperliberal pond of UC Berkeley. Everything changes in his American history class, when D'aron lets slip that his hometown hosts an annual Civil War re-nactment. His announcement is met with righteous indignation and inspires a "performative intervention". Armed with youthful self-importance, makeshift slave costumes, righteous zeal, and their own misguided ideas about the South, D'aron and his three idiosyncratic best friends descend on Braggsville.
Their journey through backwoods churches, backroom politics, Waffle Houses, and drunken family barbecues is uproarious to start but will have devastating consequences.
A literary coming-of-age novel for a new generation, written with keen wit, tremendous social insight, and a unique, generous heart, Welcome to Braggsville reminds us of the promise and perils of youthful exuberance while painting an indelible portrait of contemporary America.
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Life’s too precious
I tried to persevere.
I imagine in some circles this is a cleverly constructed book or something.
But maybe it’s like the emperors new clothes... to me it wasn’t worth losing minutes of my life for.
I endured sufficiently long until suddenly questioning why I was wasting hours of my life on a book I was just about tolerating.. so I stopped trying. Huge relief.
Small Town Re-enactments
D'arren comes from a small Dixie town, he can't wait to get out of there and heads for Berkley. Everyone there shares his intelligence, he couldn't be happier - then one of his history classes gets him in major trouble. What would happen if he and his friends interrupted his small town's Civil War re-enactment with a fake master/slave beating?