Richard Grant pilots his dustbowl-gray pickup down Bee Lake Road, a faded blacktop buffered by flat Delta farmland and its namesake serpentine oxbow, a swampy memory left by the Yazoo River after it changed course years ago.

Grant grew silent a few miles back, somewhere around Yazoo City. Moving away from Pluto, Miss., the setting of his bestselling memoir, “Dispatches From Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta,” was as difficult for him as living here was joyous. Since selling the house in April 2015, he’s been back only twice.

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Originally published as the cover story in The ‘Sip, Fall 2016
Re-published by Mississippi Today on December 3, 2016

Photo by Melanie Thortis Photography