Donald McCaig is the author of several well-reviewed novels of the American Civil War, including Jacob's Ladder, which was hailed as 'the best civil war novel ever written' by the Virginia Quarterly. He has spent the last six years researching and writing Rhett Butler's People.
Read with eloquence, charisma and a bit of spontaneity tossed in by John Bedford Lloyd, McCaig's interpretation of the classic Margaret Mitchell tale is the perfect platform for narration. Lloyd's reading is well paced, never rushing to cover the abundance of material in the lengthy text. With a cast as large as the sprawling settings and landscapes of the story, the opportunity for improvisation is abundant. Lloyd navigates through the personality stew with an expansive tonal pallet crammed with a variety of accents that range from distressed Southern belle to tough-nosed Confederate major, clearly evoking the grim melancholy and tainted triumph of the legendary tale. Channeling the rugged masculinity of Clark Gable when portraying Butler, Lloyd has fun with the story, creating a memorable experience for the listener. With a profusion of drama, action, romance and tragedy, Lloyd gets it right every time and never fails to convey the underlying tension throughout. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's Press hardcover (reviewed online). (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"A must-read for "Gone with the Wind" fans."--"People"
"Get inside Rhett's head as he meets and courts Scarlett in one of the most famous love affairs of all time..."--"The New York Times"
"McCaig creates a convincing back story and has a real feel for men and the tensions between fathers, sons, friends and soldiers, as well as the nuances of Southern honor...The novel focuses on Rhett's point of view and explains exactly where he got his dash."--"USA"" Today"
"In McCaig's capable hands, Margaret Mitchell's mystery man is still handsome and daring but fitted with a plausible backstory and human frailties...--"Roanoke"" Times "
"McCaig is a bred-in-the bones storyteller."--Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks
""Rhett Butler's People "broadens the canvas, giving Rhett new dueling and blockade-running adventures, and adding intriguing characters like Confederate cavalier-turned-Klansman Andrew Ravanel, a rancid version of Ashley Wilkes who romances Rhett's sister, Rosemary. McCaig paints a richer, darker panorama of a Civil War-era South, where poor whites seethe with resentment, and slavery and racism are brutal facts of life that an instinctive gentleman like Rhett can work around but not openly challenge. McCaig thus imparts a Faulknerian tone to the saga that sharpens Mitchell's critique of Southern nostalgia without losing the epic sweep and romantic pathos. The result is an engrossing update of "Gone With the Wind" that fans of the original will definitely give a damn about.""--Publishers Weekly"
"McCaig has taken on a monumental task in attempting to augment the mythology of such a well-loved story...While remaining largely faithful to Mitchell's framework, he has made the story of Butler his own." --"The Post and Courier" (Charleston, SC)
"In "Gone With the Wind," Butler was mysterious, and that added to his allure. Here, we learn more about his background: about his harsh, unforgiving father; his long-suffering mother; his own wild ways.In some ways, this Rhett is a kinder, gentler sort than the one readers loved..."
"This astonishing novel parallels "Gone with the Wind," adding new dimensions to the timeless love story."--"Woodstock"" Sentinel-Review"
Rhett, Rhett, whatever shall I do? Read this Gone with the Wind companion, told by an author famed for his Civil War fiction and nonfiction. With a 1.5 million-copy first printing. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.