Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bloodroot: Author Larry Arrowood


Who is Larry Arrowood? 

Larry's book, Bloodroot, is an enthralling novel that was named
among winners of
2008 Book of the Year Awards.

Seymour, IN  [June 1, 2009] — ForeWord magazine just announced the winners of the 2008 Book of the Year Awards and the Independent Publisher of the Year. At a ceremony May 29 at BookExpo America in New York City, the 220 Book of the Year Award winners in 61 categories were honored. These books, representing the best independently published books from 2008 were selected by a panel of librarian and bookseller judges.

Larry M. Arrowood of Seymour, IN, was named among the four winners in the fiction/mystery category, being awarded runner up. ForeWord's founder and publisher, Victoria Sutherland, spoke at the awards ceremony and announced the winners.

ForeWord Magazine also named the second annual Independent Publisher of the Year in conjunction with its annual Book of the Year Awards. University of Nebraska Press won the 2008 title.

The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is the backdrop Arrowood’s haunting new novel, Bloodroot. A young black foster child dies in a local pond, fueling the suspicions of a retired sheriff who pushes for an investigation into a notorious racist’s involvement in the possible murder. A legal investigation mounts, and there’s more to the deep-rooted racism in this area than meets the eye. A poignant, thought-provoking tale, Bloodroot offers a winding plot that highlights the blackness of hate and the triumph of seeking the truth

Set in 1950s Virginia, Bloodroot takes place after laws are enacted to protect minorities, but long before society’s racism fades. Eddie Shaver, an African-American orphan, is a victim of this cultural bigotry. Placed by the state in the foster care of Hurley Cutshaw, Eddie and his teenage sister Ann are subjected to neglect, abuse and labor exploitation. Ultimately it’s this treatment that leads Eddie to his death.

A provocative novel, Bloodroot is a powerful story about one young man’s gruesome death and the ex-sheriff compelled to come out of retirement to avenge the needless suffering perpetrated by those who put their own beliefs above the law. Arrowood drives this emotionally charged plot with a triumphant theme of justice.

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