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â€śPain Unforgiven,â€ť the debut novel by Mississippi author Randy Pierce takes a controversial look into the life of Grant Hicks, a successful Atlanta attorney from rural Greene County, Miss. Pierceâ€™s novel introduces the reader to a host of unforgettable characters, situations, and issues that captivate the hearts of small town America.
Grant Hicks, a flourishing attorney, has two missions in life - to never fail at any task and to never return to Greene County. His untold history of painful memories pierced deep into the soul of Hicks. The novel chronicles the taboos, small town stereotypes and emotions Grant is forced to face after learning that his childhood friend, Brandon Smallwood, is dying. Brandonâ€™s death bed wish is to see Grant one last time before his untimely passing. Grant has not been back to Greene County since he left to follow in the footsteps of his attorney father. Grantâ€™s father, endeared and loved by the entire community, committed suicide while Grant was in college. A dark cloak of events estranged Grant from his father, leading up to the tragic ending of his fatherâ€™s life. Grant is compelled to tackle the gaping holes in his life when Brandonâ€™s request requires him to return to the origin of his tumultuous past. Layers of disgust, resentment, and pain peel back like a Vidalia onion as he travels back down the troubled road to Green County.
Grant assumes he will be able to say farewell to his dying friend and continue his existence â€śafterâ€ť Greene County, but life unexpectedly draws him back to a place he swore to abandon. Jade Lott, the spirited town beauty, finds her way slowly into the murky abyss of Grantâ€™s plagued heart. The embedded love story permeates through Grantâ€™s continuous struggle with healing. A multitude of unforgettable characters assist in coloring the canvas of Grantâ€™s life. Mysteries are unearthed and questions are answered during a series of events that explain his fatherâ€™s death and his stated hatred for his childhood home.
â€śPain Unforgivenâ€ť was released May 10. The book is available in stores throughout the Southeast with book signings scheduled until the end of the year. For a complete list of book signings or for more information, visit www.painunforgiven.com and like the Facebook page â€śPain Unforgiven - The Novel.â€ť