“Meyers has the enviable ability to set a scene or evoke an emotion with hardly more than a flick of his pen.”
New York Times Book Review

 
 
 
 
A Hero of Brag

by Harold Burton Meyers

 
 
 
 
 

Smash&Grab Press 2021 paper $15, 316 pp., ISBN 978-1-7368333-4-6; ebook 978-1-7368333-5-3
 
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In A Hero of Brag, Harold Burton Meyers revisits his pioneer roots in a family saga that sweeps from Civil War Mississippi to the plains of early 20th-century Texas.

Family founder Amos Gower enlists in the Confederate Army at 15. His war dismal and brief, he finds himself son-in-law to a dead officer whose heroism he brags on as his own. Becoming a West Texas rancher—and patriarch of a tumultuous progeny—Amos blames a curse from the bank robber whose hanging he botches for his reversal of fortune. Fearing “posterity’s verdict on a life he had lost track of, his own,” Amos hears from his wife that he’s just “a hero of brag.”

Perceptive and beautifully written, A Hero of Brag brings to life Civil War Mississippi and post-war Texas.

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Harold Burton Meyers

Burt Meyers was born in Mesa, Arizona in 1924 and lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. His Indian-Service schoolteacher parents raised him and his brothers on various reservations in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. After serving in World War II with the Navy in the Pacific, Meyers graduated from the University of Colorado's journalism school and became a newspaper reporter. In 1956 he joined Time magazine, covering civil rights, Capitol Hill and the White House. In 1962 he was a founding editor of the short-lived monthly newsmagazine USA*1, and then joined Fortune.

He is the author of Geronimo’s Ponies (selected by Jane Smiley as winner of the National Novella Award) and the novels Reservations and The Death at Awahi.

 

Harold Burton Meyers
 
 
 
 
 
Burt Meyers holds a water jar given his mother by her friend who made it, the great potter Catalina Zunie (“Mother Zunie,” 1862-1949). He has since donated it to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William and Mary in memory of Sallie Key Meyers.
 
Photos by David M. Doody

 
 
 
 

Available from your favorite bookseller

 
A Hero of Brag

  A Hero of Brag, by Harold Burton Meyers
  Smash&Grab Press 2021 paper $15, 316 pp., ISBN 978-1-7368333-4-6; ebook 978-1-7368333-5-3

 

 

 

 

 

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