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Praise for Dispatches from Pluto:

“Part travelogue, part sociological study, part memoir, and part nonfiction heir to the works of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, Dispatches from Pluto is provocative in the best kind of way. Grant approaches his subjects with empathy, yet pulls no punches. The result is an honest, engaging account of life in one of America’s most beguiling, bewildering cultural outposts. This book is a revelation.”

Alan Huffman, author of Mississippi in Africa

“In the best tradition of Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad, British travel writer Richard Grant explores the otherworldly Mississippi Delta by settling into an aging plantation home and letting himself be captured by an eccentric, racially-tortured and wondrously hospitable culture. Dispatches from Pluto is wise, wry, sympathetic and spot-on.”

Curtis Wilkie, author of The Fall of the House of Zeus

“Richard gets it.  Many authors that write about the Delta may come and stay a few months, then go back to their comfortable hometowns to burn or scathe the Delta’s mores, customs and culture. Richard bought an old plantation house here to become a part of the Delta and he writes about it in a way that brings laughter, astonishment, complexity and perplexity.”

Hank Burdine, Delta Magazine

“I’ve never read anything like this before, so ‘plain out’ revealing of humanity’s true nature— how we have tangled ourselves up into the goofball messy life we’ve made on earth (let alone Pluto) while still having a moment or two where we are incredibly kind and sensible.”

Carolyn Chute, author of The Beans of Egypt, Maine and Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves

“Richard Grant is the ultimate cool customer, a fearless and skilled writer navigating the backwaters of rural Mississippi with his humanity on his sleeve, trying to get to the heart of what makes the Delta such a unique and soulful place while recounting a harrowing and funny, wise and heartwarming personal journey from nomad to proud homeowner.  This is a great book.”

Mark Haskell Smith, author of Naked at Lunch

“Think what Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil could have been like if the author had a sympathetic understanding of the people.  Richard Grant’s Plutonic approach to the Delta turns up some marvelous surprises here.”

Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising

“A wonderful book. You think that it’s going to be the story of a somewhat feckless Englishman who makes the crazed decision to buy a major-fixer-upper in the Deep South (and it is), but it’s also a humane and honest book about racism in America, viewed from racism’s heartland, the Mississippi Delta. Grant brings the Delta to life, not only with its crowds of mosquitoes and termites and raccoons and cottonmouths, but also with blues musicians, mayors, rappers, preachers, prisoners, socialites, handymen, politicians, doctors, hunters, and one very curious and adventure-loving German shepherd, all of whose lives intertwine — and entertain. There’s a funeral or two in here, a wedding, a housewarming, and a satisfying handful of big drunken parties. Whether he’s writing about how to shoot a buck or how to heat a house, Grant is funny, funny, funny. He’s even funny at funerals, yet through all the escapades and hilarity, he never loses sight of the problem of Delta race relations, and he confronts the issue with an outsider’s honesty and aplomb. Like all the best travel writers, Grant loves the place he’s writing about, and that transcendent affection is apparent on every page.”

Amy Wilentz, author of Farewell, Fred Voodoo