Merciful (Haywire Books, 2021) by Jon Sealy nineteen-year-old
Samantha James is killed while riding her bike home from work in a
small coastal town one dark summer night in South Carolina. It’s a
hit and run, and when they learn who did it, the townspeople want
Daniel Hayward, the alleged driver, to pay for his crime. The
headlines are compelling, but the truth is unclear. Everyone has an
opinion - the media, the prosecutor, the defense attorney, Daniel,
and Samantha’s family. Delving into each of the characters, the
author pauses to reflect on culture, social pressures, family, and
history. Ultimately, The Merciful is a morality play about one
moment, one accident, one decision, and the way an instant can change
the course of a life forever.
Sealy is the author of The
Whiskey Baron, The
Edge of America, and The
Merciful, as well as the craft
book So You Want to Be a
Novelist. An upstate South Carolina
native, he has a degree in English from the College of Charleston and
an MFA in fiction writing from Purdue University. He currently lives
with his family in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, where he is the
publisher of Haywire Books. When he's not writing or editing, you'll
probably find him lifting weights in his garage, playing "swing
monster" with his kids, or rafting on a river.
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