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Latest Book Release CHILDREN OF DUST Children of Dust is an historical novel set in rural Albama in the 1880s. It examines the complexities of race, violence, and the ways in which stories get passed down to future generations. Buy At Regal House
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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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    A Few Highs and a Low: Ah, the Writing Life

    July 6th, 2021|

    Any writer can tell you rejection stories all the live-long day, even famous ones, because before they got famous, they delt with disappointments. Or I might be stretching a little. Maybe famous writers could only give you half a day’s worth of rejection stories. I could go all day and then some. Maybe as much as a week. But I promise not to do that. It would bore you, and me. A writer just has to accept those rejections and move on. No looking back in anger (though maybe a little mild irritation can be forgiven). So, I thought I might focus on the positive and tell you about a few highs, one where I’m jumping up and down in my kitchen and another where I quickly get over a minor, and rare, argument with my wife Rhonda. Then, just for balance, mind you, I’ll end with a low that makes me laugh now. The first story isn’t about an acceptance, but it sure felt like some much-needed validation early on. I’d only published about three stories [...]

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