It is 1945 in Mississippi's cotton country, and Missy Parker is seven years old, strong willed, and very precocious. Her best friend, Junior Washington, lives across Cat Lake from the Parker's plantation. Missy, her big brother, Bobby, and Junior are inseparable. However, the Parkers and the Washingtons are of differing faiths and different races.
Brief Lives are some of the wittiest and most moving miniature portraits ever written. Aubrey's little biographies are amusing, ribald, moving; a testament to the brevity of human existence and one of the most precious relics of a distant age.
"I have listened to it over and over"
Mose Washington and his "grandson," Bill, are still on the lam after fleeing Cat Lake, where Bill's mom was brutally slain years earlier. Hiding out under assumed names, Bill is enrolled at North Texas State University and learning to ride bulls, while Mose continues to protect Bill from the evil he knows hunts them incessantly.
Fifteen years after the notorious War at Cat Lake, Missy Parker, the child who stood in the center of the demonic war, now lives in Texas with her husband, Pat. But Satan's minions remain at Cat Lake, waiting. On a bleak night in April, 1960, evil is aroused. An innocent black woman is attacked by a mob of white men. Old Mose Washington confronts the men with a 12-gauge shotgun, and people die. When the dawn comes, Mose is a fugitive, diligently pursued by an FBI agent who is unprepared to accept the nature of the forces at work here.