Anthony Grooms tackles redemption in ‘The Vain Conversation’ (Atlanta Journal Constitution)


KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 28, 2018) — In his latest novel, “The Vain Conversation,” Georgia author Anthony Grooms focuses on the question of redemption.

How does America redeem itself from racial crimes? What does a fully redeemed United States look like?

“Does it look like it does today?” asked Grooms, a professor of creative writing at Kennesaw State University. “I don’t think so. I don’t think we’ve actually dealt with the question of racial violence. It’s been swept under the rug.”

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