A Cold Coming By W. Jeff Bishop Boll Weevil Press, $18.95 Reviewed by W. Winston Skinner Anyone who ever thought of a family tree as a dry, spare list of names and dates should read “A Cold Coming.” Coweta writer W. Jeff Bishop has shown his considerable storytelling skills in this gripping tale from his own family. Bishop, a former staffer of The Newnan TimesHerald, was tapped to write the new play based on the 1948 John Wallace murder trial. In “A Cold Coming,” Bishop goes back a bit further and mines his
own family’s past. Bishop’s greatgrandfather, Tom Latham, was a Georgian who rose from the farm to become a school teacher and who in the midst of the Depression found himself running the family farm once again. Then one day in 1931, he went on a murderous rampage with a ballpeen hammer. When it was over, Latham had killed his wife and two of his children and injured two other children before taking his own life. His daughter, Beryl, survived the horror and became Bishop’s grandmother. Her brother, T.J., also lived and became a fount of information for Bishop. “A Cold Coming” involves the revelation
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