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    Raymond Atkins

ISBN: 9781933836386

The Front Porch Prophet

by: Raymond Atkins

2009 IPPY Gold Medal Award winner
for Southeast Best Regional Fiction

2009 Georgia Author of the Year Award Winner
Nominated for the 2009 SIBA Awards in the Fiction category.

WINNER of the gold medal in the IPPY Awards for the Southeast Best Regional Fiction category!!!!


Meet the Author
Raymond L. Atkins resides in Rome, Georgia. His short stories have been published in Christmas Stories From Georgia, Christmas Through a Child’s EyesThe Lavender Mountain AnthologyThe Blood and Fire ReviewThe Old Red KimonoLong Island Woman, and Savannah Magazine. His columns have appeared in The Rome News–TribuneMemphis Downtowner Magazine, and Like the Dew. His first novel, The Front Porch Prophet, was released by Medallion Press in August of 2008 and went on to win the Independent Publishers Book Award for Best Regional Fiction as well as earning Atkins the Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel. His second novel, Sorrow Wood, was released by Medallion Press in August of 2009 to critical acclaim. Atlanta magazine called it a “darkly humorous, casually clever mystery.” Publishers Weekly praised its “subtle humor and near pitch-perfect prose.” Camp Redemption is his third novel.  
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About This Book

What do a trigger-happy bootlegger with pancreatic cancer, an alcoholic helicopter pilot who is afraid to fly, and a dead guy with his feet in a camp stove have in common?

What are the similarities between a fire department that cannot put out fires, a policeman who has a historic cabin fall on him from out of the sky, and an entire family dedicated to a variety of deceased authors?

Where can you find a war hero named Termite with a long knife stuck in his liver, a cook named Hoghead who makes the world’s worst coffee, and a supervisor named Pillsbury who nearly gets hung by his employees?

Sequoyah, Georgia is the answer to all three questions. They arise from the relationship between A. J. Longstreet and his best friend since childhood, Eugene Purdue. After a parting of ways due to Eugene’s inability to accept the constraints of adulthood, he reenters A.J.’s life with terminal cancer and the dilemma of executing a mercy killing when the time arrives.

Take this gripping journey to Sequoyah, Georgia and witness A.J.’s battle with mortality, euthanasia, and his adventure back to the past and people who made him what he is—and helps him make the decision that will alter his life forever.


ISBN: 9781933836386
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2008
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"The Front Porch Prophet is a fine piece of southern fiction—by turns poignant and hilarious. Atkins knows his front porches; the rustics who inhabit his novel are real people who walk right off the page, but he's also had some book learning...in the rich, lucid prose, one finds moments of breathtaking elegance. With a knack for storytelling, a sly sense of humor, and a Faulkneresque sensibility, Ray Atkins enters the literary scene with aplomb, and he plans to stay." ~ Melanie Sumner, Author of The School Of Beauty And Charm & Polite Society.

“Raymond Atkins tells a story at once comic and deeply tender, a story of friendship, love, unexpected brotherhood, and redemption. The world he paints is so full of wonderful eccentrics you’ll wish you could stop off for a cup of bad coffee at The Wages of Sin Are Fried Chicken Diner. I don’t have to be a prophet to predict you’ll adore this book.” ~ Man Martin, Author of Days Of The Endless Corvette

“Atkins is the new Twain… This is what you get when you blend the best sense of humor in the world and the biggest heart: The Front Porch Prophet.” ~ Ken Anderson, Author of Someone Bought The House On The Island and The Statue Of Pan