The War (Blackwater IV) by Michael McDowell

The War - Michael McDowell

 

What I find most refreshing about this amazing work of Southern Gothic is McDowell's ability to work within such an insular microcosm as a small Alabama town within this time frame, with a cast of characters that, if one were to go out on a limb, could be called "stereotypical", yet manages, with a deft hand and honest view, avoid the label of stereotypical. His characters are, good and bad, true to themselves, "real" in the very best of ways.