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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Glenn Taylor’s Tale of Civil Rights Redemption, in A Marble Factory

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The Marrowbone Marble Company is not merely another depiction of a man aspiring to create his own utopia in the midst of post-World War II America. This sophomore release by Glenn Taylor is a harrowing and honest look at issues of race and class as told through the socially astute acumen of Loyal Ledford. Themes of oppression and hope intermingle throughout the pages of this satisfying and substantive portrayal of a conventional West Virginia man whose return from the war impels him to launch a marble-manufacturing company with his part-Indian cousins, the Bonecutter brothers—a decision that puts Ledford directly in the path of many of the historical events of the tumultuous civil rights era. Told in a perceptive narrative voice that laments man’s treatment of his neighbor, contemplates why America places excessive emphasis on wealth and individual power and ruminates on the best defense in the face of injustice, this fluid story is soulful, complex and filled with struggle and loss, righteousness and redemption in the rough and tumble world of West Virginia.


Taylor, who earned a MFA from Southwest Texas State University, is the author of The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, a finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Barnes and Noble Fall 2008 Discover pick.  He currently teaches English and fiction writing at Harper College outside Chicago, where he lives with his wife and two sons. Taylor will appear at Boswell Books on June 8, Next Chapter Bookshop on June 9, and Books and Co. in Oconomowoc on June 10 to discuss The Marrowbone Marble Company.

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