Bawdy and sometimes horrifying, hilarious on the way to being tragic, Raymond Andrews's Muskhogean County novels tell of black life in the Deep South from the end of the First World War to the beginning of the 1960s, from the days of mules and white men with bullwhips to the moment when the pendulum began to swing.This story tells of a venture between John Morgan Jr., the dissolute heir to Appalachee's leading white family, and Baby Sweet Jackson, owner of the once-vibrant Red's Cafe in Dark Town. On Independence Day, 1966, the partners open Muskhogean County's first bordello, with two dark-skinned black women, Lana Lips and Fig, ready for the expected white clientele. Then a mysterious woman, announcing herself as the 'third whore, ' arrives--and proclaims that her body will be 'for colored only.'
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Andrews continues his white-and-black saga of the town of Appalachee, Muskhogean County, Georgia - where Red's Cafe (venue of Andrews' first book) has now been refurbished as a bordello. The owner, who inherited the cafe upon Red's departure, is his mistress Baby Sweet Jackson. The primary backer is John Morgan, Jr., the artist/non-conformist son of the town's richest white man. The brothel business not only has official sanction - it's integrated too. And, with white whores and black ones, black customers and white, the place is suffused with a pastoral gentleness of frank, unhypo-critical lust. . . which eventually reveals the various shared bloodlines of same of the principals - especially John Jr. and Motorcycle Mamma, one of the white prostitutes. As in Appalachee Red (1978) and Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee (1980), then, Andrews' prime motif remains the commingling of seed and knowledge - an approach which works a mite more predictably but no less charmingly than before. And the result is another unspectacular but raunchily endearing and eminently relaxed Appalachee installment - from a writer who is steadily amassing an intimate, distinctively voiced chronicle of life on both aides of the tracks in small-town, northern Georgia. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Raymond Andrews
Raymond Andrews was born in Morgan County, Georgia, in 1934, the fourth of ten children. Leaving Georgia to join the Air Force and then study at Michigan State University, he moved to New York City in 1958 and lived between there and Europe for twenty-seven years before returning to Georgia. Andrews's novels include the Muskhogean County trilogy: "Appalachee Red," "Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee," and "Baby Sweet's" (all Georgia).