Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
9780062302137 LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2015 BY THEÂ WASHINGTON POST,Â TIME,Â MENâ€™S JOURNAL, CHICAGO TRIBUNE,Â KANSAS CITY STAR, BROOKLYN MAGAZINE, NPR,Â HUFFINGTON POST, THE DAILY BEAST, ANDÂ BUZZFEED WINNER OF THE 2015 ERNEST J. GAINES AWARD FOR LITERARY EXCELLENCE LONGLISTED FOR THE 2016 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION NATIONAL BESTSELLER From the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of Hold It â€™Til It Hurts comes a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactmentâ€”a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer. Welcome to Braggsville. The City that Love Built in the Heart of Georgia. Population 712 Born and raised in the heart of old Dixie, Dâ€™aron Davenport finds himself in unfamiliar territory his freshman year at UC Berkeley. Two thousand miles and a world away from his childhood, he is a small-town fish floundering in the depths of a large, hyper-liberal pond. Caught between the prosaic values of his rural hometown and the intellectualized multicultural cosmopolitanism of Berzerkeley, the nineteen-year-old white kid is uncertain about his place until one disastrous party brings him three idiosyncratic best friends: Louis, a â€œkung-fu comedian" from California; Candice, an earnest do-gooder claiming Native roots from Iowa; and Charlie, an introspective inner-city black teen from Chicago. They dub themselves the â€œ4 Little Indians.â€ But everything changes in the groupâ€™s alternative history class, when Dâ€™aron lets slip that his hometown hosts an annual Civil War reenactment, recently rebranded â€œPatriot Days.â€ His announcement is met with righteous indignation, and inspires Candice to suggest a â€œperformative interventionâ€ to protest the reenactment. Armed with youthful self-importance, makeshift slave costumes, righteous zeal, and their own misguided ideas about the South, the 4 Little Indi...