Danny Johnson, "The Last Road Home"
From Pushcart Prize nominee Danny Johnson comes The Last Road Home, a powerful, lyrical debut novel that explores race relations, first love, and coming-of-age in North Carolina in the 1950s and '60s. At eight years old, Raeford "Junebug" Hurley has known more than his share of hard lessons. After the sudden death of his parents, he goes to live with his grandparents on a farm surrounded by tobacco fields and lonesome woods. There he meets Fancy Stroud and her twin brother, Lightning, the children of black sharecroppers on a neighboring farm. As years pass, the friendship between Junebug and bright, compassionate Fancy takes on a deeper intensity. Junebug, aware of all the ways in which he and Fancy are more alike than different, habitually bucks against the casual bigotry that surrounds them--dangerous in a community ruled by the Klan.
"This novel is sure to join the rich canon of Southern literature." --Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August
Danny Johnson is a member of The North Carolina Writer’s Network and served as fiction judge for the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities in 2014. His stories have appeared in Fox Chase Review, Remembrances of Wars Past Anthology, South Writ Large, Sheepshead Review, A Southern Journal, The Camel Saloon, and Main Street Rag’s Best of Raleigh Reading Series, among others. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in short fiction, his short story “Dancing with My Shadow” was judged by Writer’s Digest as one of the 100 best in 2012, and he was a finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Contest in 2013. Johnson is a Vietnam Veteran and recipient of the USAF Distinguished Flying Cross.