Author Tim Swink has been the managing editor of a small newspaper in Moore County, North Carolina, where in addition to news coverage, he wrote a weekly human interest column. Tim is a contributing writer for O. Henry Magazine. He is also the grandson of a North Carolina tobacco farmer and has peeled the caked tobacco juice from his hands, as well. He has seen hard times and good harvests, and known men whose lives have gone out of control. Thus, he brings a lifetime of experience to his novel, Curing Time.
“Curing time” is tobacco’s season of harvest, a time of transformation, when the leaf is made golden by subjection to fire and heat. Tobacco farmer Hume Rankin endures his own curing time in the summer of 1959.