Shelfari edited the description of Pig-Skinned... Tuesday, April 27, 2010.
Pig-Skinned is the second novel by Jacob Ray (others novels include: The Ride Home & The Bridge Burners). In his latest page turner, Ray tells the story of the rise and fall of football superstar, Vaughn Mitchell, who goes from playing for Bama before moving to San Francisco to play for the 49ers. His dreams are dashed as an old injury forces him to look for new work. His wife gets the idea to start a surf outing group for children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, to honor her younger brother who suffers from Asperger's. However, long before they make it to California, they must contend with aftermath of a hate crime that Vaughn and his cousin were victims of in the locker room, resulting in the expulsion of two white, racist teammates. The bitter teammates are out for blood as their football dreams are taken away after being expelled and they begin threatening Vaughn and his family. The Mitchells find out the former teammates have ties to their oldest enemy, the Klan. And, they know they must turn to an old folk hero to save them. Pig-Skinned takes the reader from Angola in the late 1780s all the way until the early 2000s. The narrator chronicles his family history from his first ancestor who was sold into slavery after an inner tribal dispute over the significance of a birthmark that made him instantly a member of an elite priest caste. He becomes a medicine man and after being bought by an abolitinist in pre-Civil War Beaufort he builds a practice as a root doctor. He passes this tradition down to each oldest son but it carries a manifest destiny that the family realizes upon the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King. Old enemies resurface after the hate crime and the family secret must make an appearance to break a 200 year old curse put on the Mitchells. Don't miss this important story, this book is dedicated to Mark Ingram for winning the Heisman Trophy.