Appalachee Red

A Novel by Raymond Andrews
Afterword by Richard Bausch
Illustrations by Benny Andrews


"Andrews is a born story-teller. His sentences have driving rhythms; they fly like bees with stingers at the end. The mix of the funny and the awful gives the whole book a measure that sounds very much like real life. You get to know all the characters—and come to feel sorry for them all, the way one has to feel sorry for most people in this world. A fine piece of work."
—John Hersey


Bawdy and sometimes horrifying, hilarious on the way to being tragic, Raymond Andrews's Muskhogean County novels tell of black life in the Deep South from the end of the First World War to the beginning of the 1960s, from the days of mules and white men with bullwhips to the moment when the pendulum began to swing.

Andrews's first novel, Appalachee Red, is one of hard labor in the midday sun and sweet jukebox nights, of howling passion and gunpoint negotiations, of a mean white sheriff and of the enormous red-skinned black man who changed it all.

Page count: 304 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9

Read more about Raymond Andrews at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Raymond Andrews was born in Morgan County, Georgia, in 1934, the fourth of ten children. Leaving Georgia to join the Air Force and then study at Michigan State University, he moved to New York City in 1958 and lived between there and Europe for twenty-seven years before returning to Georgia. Andrews's novels include the Muskhogean County trilogy: Appalachee Red, Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee, and Baby Sweet's (all Georgia).