Janson Sanders, part Cherokee, part poor-but-proud white, is intent on avenging his father's death and taking back the land stolen from him by a wealthy planter. Parentless and alone, Janson sets out, hopping a train with only a few biscuits and some cold pieces of chicken to his name. Thus begins a journey across the Souh to earn enough money to return home and reclaim his birthright. He eventually settles on rich landowner William Whitley's land, working alongside the poverty-stricken sharecroppers during the day and bootlegging illegal liquor at night, hoarding what little money he earns towrd the redemption of his own land. Along the way, he falls in love--despite himself--with Whitley's daughter. Separated by class and culture, the two young lovers struggle with their own differences while trying to keep their relationship secret from her temperamental, overbearing, and dangerous father. Set against the backdrop of rural life in the Souh during the twenties, Behold, This Dreamer is a story of hope and heartbreak, in which Janson Sanders is pulled one way by his love of the land and another way by his love of a woman.
"A regional best-seller . . . Behold This Dreamer is an incredible debut novel." --Melinda Haynes, author of Mother of Pearl, Oprah Book Club Main Selection
"You'll stay up late turning the pages of this suspenseful and inspiring tale." --Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife
"First-time novelists just aren't supposed to be able to do things like this." --Robert Inman, author of Dairy Queen Days