In Nancy Peacock's newest novel, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, an ex-slave awaits hanging for the murder of the man who once owned him. As he waits, he pens his story, which moves from a Louisiana sugar plantation, to a ranch on the Texas frontier, to life among the Comanche Indians. All through his travels, Persimmon is buoyed by a desire to reunite with the woman he loves - a light-skinned house slave named Chloe. The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is at once a rip-roaring, old-fashioned adventure romance and a serious examination of assumptions about identity and truth.
Peacock's previous book Life Without Water earned a spot on the New York Times Notable Book List, while her short-form fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Sojourner, Southern Exposure, and the St. Andrews Review.