Weldon’s new novella recalls Depression era

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

A Florida publisher has accepted Weldon Payne’s novella “Mister Malone” that is set in Alabama during the Great Depression of the 1930’s.

The 123-page book depicts families such as Malones moving from place to place, seeking work in the early 1930’s, temporarily finding refuge in the fictitious community of Ox Hill.

Malone, struggling to support his wife and five children, has found temporary employment as a “WPA” carpenter living among strangers and longing for the respect he once took for granted as a farmer and helpful neighbor in Texas.

Struggling with hostile neighbors, thievery, racial prejudice, temptation, and  plagued with doubts as to whether there is such a thing as choice, Malone becomes concerned about the safety of a young woman whose sailor husband is on a ship on the other side of the world.  She lives on the outskirts of a settlement housing mostly black Americans largely unknown to Malone until an act of kindness on his part opens doors he had never expected. In a midnight fight with a thieving neighbor, he discovers who his real friends are and also gains insight into the reality of choice, and its price.

Florida Academic Press Inc. of Gainesville, Fla., is publishing and promoting the book, which is priced at $22.95. It may be ordered from FAP, P.O. Box 357425, Gainesville, FL 32635, or from Weldon at P.O. Box 618, Manchester, TN 37349, (931) 728-7609).

In Manchester, the novella may be purchased at Baker Brothers Drug Store, The Manchester Times, and Foothills Crafts, where a book signing also is planned in November. It may also be purchased at the Motlow Book Store, where a signing also is planned.

“Mister Malone,” along with four earlier novels published by the author, also will be available for purchase at Weldon’s Booth No. 29 at the Manchester Convention Center for the Foothills Crafts Shop’s annual Christmas art show on Nov. 9-10.

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