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Book review: Alabama novel unearths the things that divide us, then and now

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‘Children of Dust’ by Marlin Barton, Regal House Publishing, 2021, 304 pages, $19.95

“Children of Dust,” the new novel from Alabama native Marlin Barton, is by turns deeply moving and acutely chilling.

The landscape of the novel is the South of both William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren. Within an almost Faulknerian deliberation on family, Barton also contemplates what Warren has to say about history and how it alters truth at every turn.