"De’Shawn Charles Winslow plucks at that tension between urban and rural anxieties in his latest novel, Decent People. Fans of this talented young author will recognize the setting from his 2019 debut, In West Mills." ––The Washington Post
"The care and detail Winslow pours into crafting each character shines through as their present-day motivations are explained by dense, believable histories." ––The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A propulsive second novel, a murder mystery that doubles as a savvy examination of race and class... Decent People practically turns its own pages..." ––The Los Angeles Times
“One of De'Shawn Charles Winslow's greatest gifts is his world-building mastery. West Mills and the people who reside in it feel so real, recognizable, tangible, vibrant, and vivid. His rendering of this southern landscape is extraordinary. And this skill serves Decent People very well... it's a compelling mystery with brilliant misdirections and surprising revelations, all while having depth of purpose and critical, crucial social commentary. Decent People is quite the achievement.” ―Robert Jones Jr., author of the National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestseller, The Prophets
“De'Shawn Charles Winslow's powerful second novel Decent People is a gripping mystery but also something more. A thoughtful examination of small-town life becomes a story about America itself, looking directly at the legacies of racism and segregation, homophobia and secrecy, poverty and power.” ―Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind
“Anyone who adored Charmaine Wilkerson's Black Cake and Dolen Perkins-Valdez's Take My Hand, take note. De'Shawn Charles Winslow invites readers on a satisfying ride that, through his keen observations of human nature, leads to deeper considerations of the glacial progress of racial equality.” ―BookPage, starred review
“Winslow chronicles the aftermath of a triple homicide that rocks a segregated Southern community in his dynamic latest . . . There are a trove of surprises along the way to the well-earned resolution, and Winslow entrances readers with strong characters, impeccable prose, and brisk pacing. As a character-driven mystery, it delivers the goods.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This tale comes across as considerably more than a regional whodunit because of its author's humane and sensitive perceptions toward his characters, even those who may not deserve such equanimity.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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About the Author
De'Shawn Charles Winslow is the author of In West Mills, a Center for Fiction First Novel Prize winner, an American Book Award recipient, a Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction winner, and a Los Angeles Times Book Award, Lambda Literary Award, and Publishing Triangle Award finalist. He was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.