• Nancy Peacock, "The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson: A Novel"

    Nancy Peacock will be at The Regulator Bookshop to read and sign her new book, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson: A Novel. From the author of The New York Times Notable Book Life Without Water comes a novel that follows the epic journey of a former slave turned Comanche warrior who travels from…

    Nancy Peacock will be at The Regulator Bookshop to read and sign her new book, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson: A Novel. From the author of The New York Times Notable Book Life Without Water comes a novel that follows the epic journey of a former slave turned Comanche warrior who travels from the brutality of a New Orleans sugar cane plantation to the daunting frontier of an untamed Texas, searching not only for the woman he loves, but for his own identity. With riveting characters, vivid landscapes, and cultural sensitivity, Peacock sheds a fresh and thoughtful light on a volatile period of American history.

    From a Texas jail cell in 1875, Persimmon Wilson, a former slave turned Comanche warrior, awaits the hour of his hanging. Although unable to receive justice in the courts, he is determined to set the record straight. Thus, two days before his execution his last request is paper and ink, with which he writes his story—for although he is a former slave he can read and write. It is that story, in Persy’s own words, which forms The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson.

    Nancy Peacock is the author of the novels Life Without Water and Home Across the Road, as well as the memoir, A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life. She currently teaches writing classes and workshops in and around Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Ben.

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