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Rhett Butler's People

Donald McCaig

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Rhett Butler’s People fulfills the dreams of those whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by America’s greatest novel, Gone With The Wind. Here you’ll meet Rhett as a boy, a free spirit who loved the marshes and tidewaters of the Low Country, and learn of the ruthlessness of Rhett’s father, whose desire for control resulted in unspeakable. Through Rhett’s eyes, you’ll encounter those who shaped him in other ways: the Overseer’s daughter, Belle Watling; Rosemary, Rhett’s brave and determined sister; Tunis Bonneau, the son of freed slaves who understood the young Rhett like no one else; and Jack Ravanel, whose name became inextricably linked to heartbreak. And then there’s Katie Scarlett O’Hara herself—the headstrong, passionate woman whose life is inextricably entwined with Rhett’s: more like him than she cares to admit; more in love with him than either of them will ever know…

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Chapter One

Affairs of Honor

One hour before sunrise, twelve years before the war, a closed carriage hurried through the Carolina Low Country. The Ashley River road was pitch-black except for the coach’s sidelights, and fog swirled through the open windows, moistening the passengers’ cheeks and the backs of their hands.

"Rhett Butler, damn your cross-grained soul." John Haynes sagged in his seat.

"As you like, John." Butler popped the overhead hatch to ask, "Are we near? I wouldn’t wish to keep the gentlemen waiting."

"We comin’ down the
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Praise for Rhett Butler's People

“A must-read for Gone with the Wind fans.”—People

“Get inside Rhett’s head as he meets and courts Scarlett in one of the most famous love affairs of all time…”—The New York Times

“McCaig creates a convincing back story and has a real feel for men and the tensions between fathers, sons, friends and soldiers, as well as the nuances of Southern honor…The novel focuses on Rhett’s point of view and explains exactly where he got his dash.”—USA Today

“In McCaig’s capable hands, Margaret Mitchell’s mystery man is still handsome and daring but fitted with a plausible backstory and human frailties…—Roanoke Times

“McCaig is a bred-in-the bones storyteller.”—Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks

Rhett Butler’s People broadens the canvas, giving Rhett new dueling and blockade-running adventures, and adding intriguing characters like Confederate cavalier-turned-Klansman Andrew Ravanel, a rancid version of Ashley Wilkes who romances Rhett’s sister, Rosemary. McCaig paints a richer, darker panorama of a Civil War-era South, where poor whites seethe with resentment, and slavery and racism are brutal facts of life that an instinctive gentleman like Rhett can work around but not openly challenge. McCaig thus imparts a Faulknerian tone to the saga that sharpens Mitchell’s critique of Southern nostalgia without losing the epic sweep and romantic pathos. The result is an engrossing update of Gone With the Wind  that fans of the original will definitely give a damn about.”—Publishers Weekly

“McCaig has taken on a monumental task in attempting to augment the mythology of such a well-loved story…While remaining largely faithful to Mitchell’s framework, he has made the story of Butler his own.” —The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

“In Gone With the Wind, Butler was mysterious, and that added to his allure. Here, we learn more about his background: about his harsh, unforgiving father; his long-suffering mother; his own wild ways.In some ways, this Rhett is a kinder, gentler sort than the one readers loved…”
Tampa Tribune

“This astonishing novel parallels Gone with the Wind, adding new dimensions to the timeless love story.”—Woodstock Sentinel-Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Donald McCaig

  • Donald McCaig is the award-winning author of Jacob’s Ladder designated “the best civil war novel ever written” by The Virginia Quarterly. People magazine raved “Think Gone With the Wind, think Cold Mountain.” It won the Michael Sharra Award for Civil War Fiction and the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction.

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