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The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman

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20th Anniversary E-book Reprint

“Winningly satiric.”
–New York Times Book Review

“You have everything in this novel–history, adventure, humor, and a strong study of the American character.”
–Ernest J. Gaines, author of A Lesson Before Dying

The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman
a novel by John Henry Fleming

 

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“You have everything in this novel–history, adventure, humor, and a strong study of the American character. The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman is as much Americana as Death of a Salesman, The Great Gatsby, or Huckleberry Finn: all are searching for what is supposed to be the American Dream.” –Ernest J. Gaines, author of A Lesson Before Dying

“A gem of a first novel…a delightfully far-fetched tale…In the grand tradition of the American tall tale, The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman is filled with action packed scenes involving fistfights, scavengers, shipwrecks, Seminole Indians, and rescues, deftly narrated in a wry, tongue-in-cheek style reminiscent of Mark Twain or Ambrose Bierce…The satiric thrusts are shrewd, yet good-natured, the characters agreeably wacky, and Fleming’s prose is not only first-rate but ingeniously evocative of 19th-century American parlance.”
–Christian Science Monitor

“An engrossing and highly entertaining tale…The author is a gifted storyteller whose rich style and language provide genuinely treasured moments for all readers.”
–Library Journal

“A marvelously piquant satire on the American Dream taken to ludicrous extremes…Fleming’s insights into mythmaking are keen, and his narrative skills and humor finely honed. A marvelously inventive, thoroughly enjoyable tale about our capacity for self-invention, adaptability, and perseverance.”
–Booklist (**starred review**)