A House Divided 

by Fredrick Barton

352 pages • $16.95 • ISBN: 9780972814317 • January 2005 • Add to Cart


At a 1968 antiwar rally in a New Orleans church, a white Baptist preacher named Jeff Caldwell introduces his boss and lifelong friend, the prominent black civil rights leader George Washington Brown. As Brown steps to the pulpit to speak, a gunman walks forward and shoots Brown and Caldwell both. A House Divided explores how these two men, united in philosophy and friendship, but divided by race and class, came to stand together on that fateful night. Told from the perspective of Caldwell’s son, A House Divided traces the path of a dirt-poor white boy from central Louisiana as he survives war, poverty, and turbulences within his own family to make a stand against the evils of a broken South. Spanning across the Great Depression, World War II, and the Civil Rights Era, this unflinching novel examines the inner lives of those deeply flawed heroes who shaped their country in their imperfect pursuit of justice. Winner of the William Faulkner Prize (2000) for fiction, A House Divided is smart, nuanced, and above all, human.

“A history of lives that strove for political greatness and fell far short on the scale of personal goodness.”

—The Times-Picayune

“A novel about the civil-rights movement and its soldiers that is as complex, tragic, and healing as the era itself.”

Connie May Fowler


Award-winning writer and critic Fredrick Barton has authored four novels, a play in verse, and numerous short stories, essays, and reviews. He was a founder of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans where he served as Director for many years. He continues to teach in the program and live in New Orleans, LA.
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