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Interviews | May 16, 2013 0 comments
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Grady KleinDescribe your latest project.
The Lost Colony takes place in 19th-century America, before the Civil War. The story follows the experiences of several characters who live on a mysterious island. In the book, a cute little girl wants to avoid her chores, so she leaves the island to buy a slave to do her chores for her. This is a commonplace sort of thing: like buying a new pair of shoes or an appliance or some orange juice. This is, of course, utterly horrifying since we understand slavery to be wrong. However, we as a people didn't know slavery was evil back then. Why didn't we know it? It seems so obvious.
The Lost Colony is a series. It's historical fiction albeit with some wild and crazy anachronisms but it's very much about what it means to be an American today. How do we wrestle with our severest moral quandaries, the ugliest blots on our national honor? How can we comprehend their resonance with the problems we face today? And how do we preserve our ability to laugh about it all? Throw in a Chino-Latino quack and his monstrous assistant, a stern Cherokee barkeep, a trigger-happy laundress, a patriotic malaprop Governor, and Birdy Snodgrass, the cute little girl who catalyzes disaster, and you've got life on the Lost Colony.
You can see some Lost Colony samples
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