The Serpent's Sage by Phillip Arrington
Approx. 44,570 words.
Published on June 6, 2013.
During the unusually hot summer of l964, in the small, North Carolina coastal town of Sally's Beach, a spoiled young boy finds himself fascinated by the bizarre spiritual beliefs of an elderly black woman performing as a snake-eater at the county fair, and risks his life and his own beliefs in trying to rescue her from the degrading life as a side-show freak.