Tales from Georgia’s Gnat Line is about the South—the Deep South; Larry Walker’s part of the world. It’s about good people, and some not so good. It’s about a part of the United States that was, and is, somewhat different from the rest. And it’s about cotton, because in many ways cotton caused Southerners to do some of the things that otherwise good people would not have done. It’s never been easy to be a Southerner, black or white. But it’s worth holding on to, and we must.
Walker promises to do his part. He uses “y’all” and does it often. It’s not just the way he speaks, but the way he thinks, y’all means everyone. Yes, the road is long and narrow. It’s wider down in the South than it used to be, and it is getting wider all the time, but there have been recent problems which will need to be addressed. We can’t afford to fight the Civil War again—either here in the South or elsewhere in this country. This book is about the South of the past, the present, and, if read carefully, of the future.
“Larry Walker and I have known each other for several decades, as farm boys from Middle Georgia, small town lawyers, and as elected members of the Georgia General Assembly. Larry’s exceptional intellect and effective leadership style are often disguised behind his courteous ‘Southern Gentleman’ manners. Tales from Georgia’s Gnat Line reflects his keen observational skills coupled with a comfortable writing style emblematic of great Southern writers. His sense of humor and his compassion for his fellow travelers has been captured in his many writings contained in this book. Larry Walker is my friend and a true ‘Georgia
Treasure.'” —Nathan Deal, 82nd Governor of Georgia.
“A lawyer by profession and a devout Southerner by confession, Larry Walker has forged a varied career including a successful law practice in his hometown of Perry, Georgia, to legislating under the Gold Dome in Atlanta to writing a newspaper column to a love of field and stream. His extra-ordinary understanding and appreciation for people and place gained along the journey was evident in Life on the G-nat Line, his first book. Tales from Georgia’s Gnat Line moves him to the next level in the company of Southern writers.” —Jim Minter, journalist and former editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Larry Walker has spent 77 years on the Gnat Line…he excels as a listener, and delights you with his endless trove of stories. His recall, humor, and drawl are priceless. He’s as down-home as a plate of your grandma’s cathead biscuits. Read his book,and you will understand.” —Dink NeSmith, president, Community Newspapers, Inc.
“Tales from Georgia’s Gnat Line is ‘right on time’ for this generation. Wisdom and humor from this gifted Georgia statesman leap off each page. Thank you Larry Walker.” —Gary Black, commissioner, Georgia Department of Agriculture
About Larry Walker-
Larry Walker, a native of Perry, Georgia, is the founding partner of the law firm, Walker Hulbert Gray & Moore. Walker holds BS and JD degrees from the University of Georgia and served as a prominent politician for thirty-two years in the Georgia General Assembly and Georgia House of Representatives. His articles have appeared in JAMES magazine, Macon’s The Telegraph, and The Houston Home Journal. He is the author of Life on the Gnat Line.
Mercer University Press, established in 1979, has published more than 1,500 books in the genres of Southern Studies, History, Civil War History, African American Studies, Appalachian Studies, Biography & Memoir, Fiction, Poetry, Religion, Biblical Studies, and Philosophy. Publishing authors from across the United States and abroad, Mercer University Press focuses on topics related to the culture of the South. The reputation of the Press significantly enhances the academic environment of Mercer University and carries the name of Mercer and Macon, Georgia throughout the world.