Pictures today from our research trip in May. Jim reading at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi; napping at Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home in Oxford; traveling the back roads into the Delta, the roads Sunny would know in book two; Bryant's Store in Money (just outside of Greenwood); and Shellmound Plantation, the setting for Eudora Welty's Delta Wedding.
This is my third research trip to Greenwood, and I'm finally beginning to feel like I know the place just a little bit. Sometimes it just takes time. This is the first book I've written about a place I didn't live in myself.
Even though I did a lot of growing up in Mississippi, my homeplace was three hours south of Greenwood. In some ways it was exactly the same. In others, it may as well have been a different planet.
But it's not a different planet. It's a different character.