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Publisher Description

With the same emotional generosity and effortlessly compelling storytelling that made All Over But the Shoutin’ a national bestseller, Rick Bragg continues his personal history of the Deep South. This time he’s writing about his grandfather Charlie Bundrum, a man who died before Bragg was born but left an indelible imprint on the people who loved him. Drawing on their memories, Bragg reconstructs the life of an unlettered roofer who kept food on his family’s table through the worst of the Great Depression; a moonshiner who drank exactly one pint for every gallon he sold; an unregenerate brawler, who could sit for hours with a baby in the crook of his arm.

In telling Charlie’s story, Bragg conjures up the backwoods hamlets of Georgia and Alabama in the years when the roads were still dirt and real men never cussed in front of ladies. A masterly family chronicle and a human portrait so vivid you can smell the cornbread and whiskey, Ava’s Man is unforgettable.

Biographies & Memoirs
August 21
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

carrieeann ,


When I was a junior in highschool, my literature teacher assigned us this book to read. I believe myself and one other person were the only ones who actually read the book. It was amazing to read how it was back then. I loved it because it mentioned my home town in the book! Also it talked about fishin' the Coosa river like I have done many times. Truly a great book for an assignment!!

AnnyOkley ,

Ava's Man

I was completely absorbed by this real-life story, and the humor and pathos of the character's lives. Rick Bragg is a wonderful, accomplished writer who knows how to take the reader along with him. Loved it!

~The One and Only Kat!~ ,


This book has some good parts, but it was really hard for me to get into.

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