A Seeping Wound by Darryl Wimberley

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Ultimately, a more nuanced characterization would have better served the story—and the reader. The sordid history of Florida’s turpentine camps is riveting; the characters less so.
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"Darryl Wimberley's A Seeping Wound takes the reader into the lawless, violent realm of Florida's turpentine camps of the 1920s. Captain Henry Riggs oversees the Blue Turtle camp, a place where forced labor, prostitution and punishment in "the box" define the lives of anyone unlucky enough to end up there. Scott Hampton risks his life searching for his missing sister, Sarah, and her husband, Franklin Breaux, both held prisoner by the vicious Riggs. The fate of Hampton, the Breauxs, and others depends on the courage and daring of Martha LongFoot, a Muscogee woman who has herself spent most of her life as a slave in Riggs's camp. In this meticulously researched narrative, Wimberley offers us not only a detailed view of a portion of Florida history, but also a carefully drawn and credible set of characters such as Martha who bring this past to life." - Catherine Rainwater, Professor of English literature at St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas
 

About Darryl Wimberley

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Darryl Wimberley is a native Floridian living with his family in Austin, Texas.  This is his third Barrett Raines novel, and he has also published a literary novel, A Tinker's Damn.  He can be reached at www.darrylwimberley.com.
 
Published June 15, 2016 by l'Aleph. 314 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 30 2016

Ultimately, a more nuanced characterization would have better served the story—and the reader. The sordid history of Florida’s turpentine camps is riveting; the characters less so.

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