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Where Robins Die: Retrospective Debut Novel Recounts One Man's Memories of Segregated South

Written by Floyd McGough, ‘Where Robins Die’ is a searing and startling fictional reminder of how the South once treated African Americans. Taking readers on a journey from the realities of segregation to the insufferable opinions of bigots, McGough offers a glimpse into history that few have discussed so openly.


Cross Plains, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/19/2014 -- Nobody can deny that the United States’ history with its African American population is tumultuous. However, a compelling new novel by author Floyd McGough presents this prolonged period of oppression in raw and gripping detail, like nobody has before.

‘Where Robins Die’ is told through the eyes of its protagonist in an unusual yet fitting retrospective format. The result in not only the preservation of history, but an exposé’ of hard-to-swallow truths.


As an old man, Ronald DeWitt returns to a small Southern town where he had lived as a young boy. Once there, he reflects upon events that happened many years earlier.

At the beginning of the summer of 1946 Ronnie had been looking forward to three months of fun and excitement, but the carefree days ahead would turn into times of tragedy and horror.

The joy of being young was interrupted by events which nearly cost him his life, as well as the occurrence of heinous murders. He could never have guessed that such evil could exist in his world. Devils were afoot in those days.

As the author explains, he fused fact with fiction to present the real world of black Americans during the years of segregation.

“My narrative proves that evil people will always exist, no matter what their race. The story opens in the present and ends in the present, with the main bulk transporting readers back to the late 1940s and into a life that they are glad they didn’t lead. This full-circle format also allows the audience to recognize and appreciate the drastic changes that have taken place over the past sixty years,” says McGough.

Continuing, “Within the book, bigots are rampant and black people have virtually no rights; a far cry from life today. Still, it also counters progression by proving that there will always be evil people in the world. Many of today’s younger people don’t see the real adversity black Americans were forced to endure, so I hope to help them at least understand what life used to be like.”

To date, the book has garnered many positive reviews. For example, D. Miller comments, “A great story that evokes many emotions, from humor and innocence to anger and grief. The imagery made me want to cover my eyes! It is a tale that certainly entertains the reader with the battle between good and evil that is so graphic you will feel like you are right in the middle of it.”

RM adds, “This is the first book I've read by McGough. He has a terrific imagination and the excitement starts from the beginning. A very nice job of weaving characters and story lines. Most readers will want to finish the book in one session.”

‘Where Robins Die’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1pzc0p3.

About Floyd McGough
The author lives in Cross Plains, Texas.