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I am a former newspaper reporter, columnist and editorial writer now working as a freelance writer. I grew up in Joplin, Mo., and spent most of my career in Memphis, Tennessee, where I also earned a masters degree in English with a concentration on linguistics. My novel, Tent City, is set in 1960 Mississippi against the backdrop of the voting rights movement.
on Nov. 28, 2016 :
Tent City: A Mississippi Story by Michael Kelley is a self published book set in the midst of the civil rights movement of 1960 in the fictional town of Chicory Mississippi. In the same vein as the famous 1988 movie 'Mississippi Burning' and the well known Mississippi Civil Rights Workers' Murders of 1964, this book reminds of a very cruel America of racism, segregation, inequality and when people of color weren't even allowed the privilege of voting. The story is riveting, well written and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Michael made it very easy to empathize with the 'Freedom Brigade' but also made racist land owners, white supremacy leaders and crooked cops quite relate-able making for an exciting, moving, and believable story. Like you'd expect from a newspaper guy, Michael pulls his story from the history books but the delivery is more like a seasoned novelist than an author that's spent so much of his career in a reporting, op-ed and editorial role. More importantly for me personally, in these uncertain times when the President elect promises to roll back progress, it's important to recall the times when America wasn't so 'great' in order to perfectly frame what we as American's are willing to tolerate in these divisive times. Tent City: A Mississippi Story by Michael Kelley is a fantastic book that's well written and tells a very dark but important story of American history. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)