Georgia Author of the Year Award – Literary Fiction Finalist – Song of the Horseman by Mark Warren

To seamlessly weave descriptive prose and interior thought while propelling a story forward is no small task, but do so while simultaneously evoking empathy for and frustration towards the protagonist is impressive. But to pull that off while meshing two generations’ worth of grief, misunderstanding and racism against a masterfully rendered backdrop of nature in all of its infinite glory while touching on the universal bond between man and animal is downright Herculean. Warren’s prose is magnificently rendered; the kind of writing that makes the reader put down their book for a moment and marvel.

This is a story about retracing steps, both literal and figurative to find out where we began.

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