The Roanoker - September/October 2016 - 10
FROM THE EDITOR
'Truevine': Brothers in Harm's Way
Beth Macy's new book, rooted in Franklin County and with broad branches in Roanoke, offers a
hard look at the circus in its ugly heyday, and at two brothers victimized by its yet-uglier power.
YOU TALK FOR a few minutes
with Beth Macy, as I have been
lucky enough to do now and then
over the pushing-20 years I have
known her, and you come away
with two feelings:
What a cheerful, charming, candid and deeply curious person.
And then, a little later: How
did stuff I really don't talk about
much at all just sort of pour on
out of me to her without the least
Which is not a bad thing at all
for a shy person talking about, say,
a writing project.
But the much larger point is that
the interplay of an interest you
trust immediately and an answer
you're thus pleased to provide is
The look of
Much of the content of Beth Macy's new book
takes place in and near Roanoke.
key one to Macy's long-time and
award-winning success as a journalist and, more recently, her second-time and award-winning success as an author.
Key one being that people talk
to Beth Macy. Even people who
have refused to talk to anyone else
about a particular topic. And reMore
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