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Edward A. Farmer is a native of Memphis, Tennessee where he journaled and cultivated stories his entire childhood. He is a graduate of Amherst College with a degree in English and Psychology, and recipient of the MacArthur-Leithauser Travel Award for creative writing. He currently lives and writes in Pasadena, California.



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PALE: A Novel

From Blackstone Publishing

No worker is safe when the vengeful Misses of a Mississippi cotton plantation begins flirting with one of the black farmhands during the summer of 1966. Just one of the many secrets that envelops the Kern house, Jesse and Fletcher, sons of the housemaid Silva, arrive that summer never knowing this harvest will transform their lives forever. With a dazzling voice and rich emotional tension, PALE explores the ties that bind and how quickly humanity can fade and return us to primal ways.

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''Secrets and revenge haunt a Mississippi plantation in Pale, the potent debut novel... Readers will hang on each page, just as Bernice feels bound to stay until the story is done. This intergenerational story of racism, patriarchy, and vengeance is one that will not soon be forgotten.'' --Shelf Awareness (starred review)
''The plot and writing are evocative of the work of the late Ernest Gaines; it's a story simply and directly told, and by that simplicity and directness it exposes familial cruelties and kindnesses in equal measure. This is a promising beginning for a writer who, whether he realizes it or not, continues a rich and lyrical narrative tradition. A beautiful first novel.'' --Library Journal (starred review)

''A beautifully complex story Though time in Pale seems fungible, the world Farmer has created is specific and visceral, cushioned with bitter cotton bolls and weighted by heavy summer clouds. It is a masterful achievement.'' --Washington Independent Review of Books

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Literary Agent:

Annie Bomke - Annie Bomke Literary Agency

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