Welcome to Braggsville

  • by T. Geronimo Johnson
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of Hold It ’Til It Hurts comes a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment--a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer.
Welcome to Braggsville. The City that Love Built in the Heart of Georgia. Population 712.
Born and raised in the heart of old Dixie, D'aron Davenport finds himself in unfamiliar territory his freshman year at UC Berkeley. Two thousand miles and a world away from his childhood, he is a small-town fish floundering in the depths of a large, hyperliberal pond. Caught between the prosaic values of his rural hometown and the intellectualized, multicultural cosmopolitanism of Berzerkeley, the 19-year-old white kid is uncertain about his place until one disastrous party brings him three idiosyncratic best friends: Louis, a "kung-fu comedian" from California; Candice, an earnest do-gooder claiming Native roots from Iowa; and Charlie, an introspective inner-city black teen from Chicago. They dub themselves the "4 Little Indians".
But everything changes in the group's alternative history class, when D'aron lets slip that his hometown hosts an annual Civil War reenactment, recently rebranded "Patriot Days". His announcement is met with righteous indignation and inspires Candice to suggest a "performative intervention" to protest the reenactment. Armed with youthful self-importance, makeshift slave costumes, righteous zeal, and their own misguided ideas about the South, the 4 Little Indians descend on Braggsville. Their journey through backwoods churches, backroom politics, Waffle Houses, and drunken family barbecues is uproarious to start but will have devastating consequences.


What the Critics Say

"Narrator MacLeod Andrews captures the essence of the audiobook with a slow delivery full of gravitas. His voice expresses knowing sarcasm and hints at the story's comic darkness. He does an excellent job performing the many accents; his voice is clear and his tone atmospheric. It's a great book and a terrific performance." (AudioFile)


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I even went to UC Berkeley, but...

I thought this book would be right up my alley. I went to UC Berkeley and teach US history, my favorite part is teaching the Civil Rights movement and injustices throughout the US. However, I just could not make it through this book. I gave it a good shot, almost 3/4 through and just had to stop.

What I liked: I related to everything about the Berkeley campus and the Bay. The feelings the main character had about being at Berkeley as a student were very accurate and relatable. It was great hearing the author refer to certain streets and buildings.

What I disliked: The story line was very slow and did not seem to ever progress to anything. I just kept waiting for something to happen. Once something did, it felt like an eternity for something to happen again.

The narrator was ok.
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- Erica

Interesting but flawed

This was a really interesting examination of race-relations, culture, privilege, sexuality, and education. The premise was really solid and the some of the themes were examined well. At times though it felt as though this book was trying to hard to make it's point. It's tangets and attempts at meta analysis worked against it's overall impact. So good but not great.
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- Lucy "I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio