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Marlin Barton is the first recipient of the Capote Prize for short fiction. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also teaches creative writing in a program for juvenile offenders called Writing Our Stories, created by the Alabama Writers’ Forum.

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A captivating third novel

His characters are never caricatures, and they reveal that the greatest mysteries of all lie within the human heart.

In Marlin Barton’s superb new novel, two men, one black, one white, find common cause in an attempt to understand their shared ancestor, Rafe Anderson, and the mysterious deaths of two of his newborn children.

But what makes Children of Dust most memorable is Barton’s refusal to simplify and judge.

Marlin Barton is one of our most underrated writers, and I hope this novel gains him the attention he’s long deserved.

Ron Rash
Author of Serena and In the Valley

Children of Dust shows how the unsettled questions from the past carry forward, creating searches for answers generations later

The breaks and turns give a vivid sense of how history is both made and survived.

Ravi Howard, Author of Driving the King and Like Trees, Walking, winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

With riveting prose, Barton proves he is a master storyteller

An immersive story that asks the hardest questions and answers them with powerful and propulsive historical fiction.

Patti Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah

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    One Writer’s Desk

    September 7th, 2021|

    As I’ve written before in this blog, I write first drafts of fiction by longhand, so that means if I’m not writing in my outdoor office down beside the Alabama River (where snakes can fall out of trees right behind me—see an earlier post), I’m sitting in my actual office at a desk that doesn’t play home to a computer. Well, technically, it’s not a desk; it’s an old, somewhat small, dining room table with the leaves removed (and if you don’t know what I mean by “leaves,” maybe ask your grandmother). I tend to keep a very tidy office (okay, I keep everything neat and organized because clutter is where the devil lives), and my desk is a mostly bare surface, save for a lamp, a small globe, a telescope that is also somewhat small, and a few framed quotes by writers. Well, one of the quotes is not from a writer but a football coach. Maybe you can guess who that coach is. The globe was a gift from my wife, Rhonda, who placed [...]

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