“One of the finest writers of her generation” (Brad Watson), Elizabeth H. Winthrop delivers a brave new book–an incisive, meticulously crafted portrait of race, racism, and injustice in the Jim Crow era South. As intimate and tense as a stage drama, The Mercy Seat is a stunning account of one town’s foundering over a trauma in their midst.
“The Mercy Seat is truly a bravura performance.” —Geoffrey Wolff
“This taut, deft novel asks us to look, and to look hard, and our willingness is profoundly honored.” —Michelle Latiolais
“Elizabeth Winthrop writes with a moral certainty equaled by the lucid confidence of her prose. Starkly beautiful, unflinchingly honest…A remarkable novel by an immensely talented writer.” —Michael Knight
“Please celebrate Winthrop’s audacious determination to walk through the narrative minefield of this account of an electrocution in the Deep South during the Gothic worst of Jim Crow times. Winthrop redeems her daring by lovely discipline and dignity, by the care she lavishes on each of her rounded characters. The Mercy Seat is truly a bravura performance.” —Geoffrey Wolff
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