The GAYA are the oldest literary awards in the Southeastern United States that honor both independently published authors and those whose books are published by traditional publishing houses. Winners will be announced June 11, 2011. Good luck to you, Ted!
Secret of the Satilfa is the sequel to Dunagan’s debut novel A Yellow Watermelon, which follows the adventures of two boys, Ted and Poudlum.
In the fall of 1948, young Ted and Poudlum have their post-Thanksgiving fishing trip to the Cypress Hole on the Satilfa Creek interrupted by unwelcome visitors—fugitive bank robbers. They manage to escape and return to the Satilfa to search for money rumored to have been hidden by the criminals—along with seemingly half the locals of their town. However, Ted and Poudlum have a clue no one else possesses, which leads to a triumph they never could have expected.
Secret of the Satilfa is set squarely in the Southern literary tradition, revealing the friendship between Ted and Poudlum despite the racial divide in rural Alabama in the late 1940s. Ted’s questioning of why he and Poudlum attend separate schools must go unanswered, while the boys imagine a future without such barriers.
Peppered with vignettes of rural life, Secret of the Satilfa evokes a simpler time, but before Southern society had come to grips with racial segregation.