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  • Published: 16 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781612198644
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $27.99

The Ancient Hours



Michael Bible's tragic and sublime third novel tells the story of a massacre in a small Southern town and expands into a heart-breaking meditation on guilt, trauma and redemption.

"The Ancient Hours […] packs a wallop" —New York Times Book Review

"The Ancient Hours is brilliant.” —Bud Smith, author of Work

"Bible is a fantastic writer." —Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here


Harmony, North Carolina is a typical town—full of saints and sinners you can’t tell apart...

Its history echoes with lynchings and shootings; mob violence and vigilante justice. But those are just whispers of a past lost to time. The summer of 2000 was different. Iggy in the Baptist church. Gasoline and a match. Twenty-five people dead. This, Harmony couldn’t forget.

Told in a kaleidoscope of timelines and voices, Michael Bible examines every dimension of a tragic but all-too-American story in The Ancient Hours. The victims, witnesses, perpetrators, and condemned comingle and evolve as the passage of time works its way through their lives. What emerges is a fable of the American South in the highest tradition: soaring, tragic, and eternally striving for redemption.

  • Published: 16 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781612198644
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $27.99

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