Tobacco Road (Brown Thrasher Books)
Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first published in 1932. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual longings, and fear that they will someday descend to a lower rung on the social ladder than the black families who live near them.
Praise for Tobacco Road (Brown Thrasher Books)
"Mr. Caldwell's humor, like Mark Twain's, has as its source an imagination that stirs the emotions of the reader."--New York Herald Tribune
"Caldwell displays a talent which is unique.”--New York Times
"An original, mature approach to people who ignore the civilization that contains them as completely as it ignores them."--The Nation