Praise for Pickett’s Charge

Pickett’s Charge is a genuine delight—a wild, comic, sometimes hallucinatory ride through a century of Southern history.                      — Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain

Pickett’s Charge is a rousing depiction of William Faulkner’s belief that the past is not dead, it’s not even past. Charles McNair is a gifted writer. — Ron Rash, author of Serena

Charles McNair has crammed the whole history of the South into one man’s epic lifetime adventure. Pickett’s Charge is big and noisy, comic and tragic, absurd and profound: a hundred times larger than life. — Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms

This hootenanny of a novel would have Flannery O’Connor snorting sweet tea out her nose on one page and crying her eyes out the next. Threadgill Pickett is a bona fide original, and so is Charles McNair. — Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound

Pickett’s Charge charges from the get-go and never lets up, filled with so many kick-your-ass sentences and images that I’m lost between admiration and envy. My consolation is that the book is so good it’ll make for a lot of rereading, and my hope is that it’ll be sooner before his next book comes out. Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

A wonderful dose of literary medicine. A great counterpoint to the mannered prose that seems to bedevil us these days. Charles McNair writes like William Kennedy in full flow, like J.P Donleavy on a bender, like Donald Hays at a sing-song. I will stack up my favourite writers and bring McNair to the party. — Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic

Threadgill Pickett is as vivid a character as any I have encountered in recent memory. I was despondent to leave him on the last page of this book. McNair is wildly imaginative and poetic, and creates cinematic scenes with an ease and elegance that is breathtaking. Inner and outer lives bleed into each other with such beauty and humor and force that I was carried along like on the rapids of a river with Threadgill and his memories and his mind-boggling journey. This book is like time travel, like a psychedelic drug, but grounded in the most disciplined literary instincts. Pickett’s Charge is a tour de force. — Rosanne Cash, author of Composed

Charles McNair is the mad moonshiner of American fiction. In Pickett’s Charge, he has distilled a century of Southern history into a heady concoction that might not make you blind, but will certainly change the way you see our country.                                                     — Thomas Mullen, author of The Revisionists

Just your typical soul-searching, century-spanning Civil War story with all the usual ghosts, scaly monsters, time machines, and crazed monkeys. Spellbinding and raucous, epic and intimate, it could have come only from Charles McNair.                                         — Jack Pendarvis, author of Awesome

Charles McNair is a wizard-like word-slinger, making myths and casting spells that ricochet from hilarity, to horror, to heartbreak.       — John Holman, author of Luminous Mysteries

Pickett’s Charge is not just visionary; it’s a novel of indelible visions. It’s not just an example of American magical realism; it’s a reinvention of the backwoods tall tale, with all its wild humor. And it’s not about the Old South so much as it’s about the Primeval one, brought to the page by a writer whose only rivals in the description of Southern flora and fauna are William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. Go with Charles McNair on the dirt-road joyride that is Pickett’s Charge; he’s taking you to a place you’ll never forget, and from which you can never return. — Tom Junod, Esquire