One Night in Mississippi is the debut novel from Craig Shreve.
After his brother is brutally murdered in civil rights era Mississippi, Warren Williams drifts across the country, estranged from his family. Decades later, when the US Dept of Justice begins re-opening similar cases, Warren finds purpose again. His search leads him to a small northern Ontario town where he confronts the last remaining perpetrator who is still at large, as well as his own long-carried guilt.
‘Craig Shreve’s One Night in Mississippi is a beauty – taut, humane, tragic, surprising and wise – a mature work of genuine importance by a first-time novelist’ – JOAN BARFOOT, award winning author of Exit Lines
‘He writes swiftly, competently, engagingly about important issues.’ – LAWRENCE HILL, Aug 29, 2017 CBC article “Lawrence Hill, George Elliot Clarke pick young black authors to watch.”
‘Rather than play sympathies off one another, or “humanize” one who has performed monstrous acts, Shreve seems to aim for different targets. Warren and Earl show “history” to be very much alive in the present, and with that history they bring a complex portrayal of guilt.’ – JADE COLBERT, Globe and Mail review, April 10, 2015