Randy M Latimer
I am the co-executor for the estate of Raymond Andrews. He published four novels and an autobiography that offers insight into African American life in the American South. Critics regard Raymond’s first published novel, Appalachee Red, as his impressive debut in the literary world; the book was awarded Dial Press’s first James Baldwin Prize for Fiction in 1978 at a ceremony with Baldwin present. The novel was the first in Andrews’s Muskhogean County trilogy set in Appalachee, a fictional African American community in rural Georgia. Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee and Baby Sweet’s complete the trilogy. In these three works, as well as in his fourth book, “Jessie and Jesus” and “Cousin Claire,” and his autobiography, The Last Radio Baby: A Memoir, Andrews draws heavily on the oral tradition and his experiences growing up in the South.
With the publication of these five works in a thirteen-year period, a number of critics, impressed with Andrews’s storytelling talents, began comparing him to William Faulkner and Mark Twain. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1991.