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David Payne to be on Charlie Rose Show

There’s been no lack of praise for Hillsborough writer David Payne’s recent memoir, “Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story,” about the death of his 42-year-old brother George A., who suffered a bi-polar disorder. Novelist Jay McInerney has called it, “one of the most powerful and penetrating memoirs I’ve ever read; it is fiercely honest, deeply engaging, and utterly heartbreaking.”

I agree. Payne’s memoir gripped me and didn’t let go. Later, I had the good luck to hear him read portions of it at Park Road Books. The ancient mariner, who held his listeners with his glittering eye, had nothing on this guy.

Now you can see Payne, also the author of five novels, on the Charlie Rose show – Wednesday, 5-6 p.m.

You don’t want to miss this program. Payne not only explores the relationship with his brother. He goes to the mat with his relationship to his own inner and outer demons.

The memoir is a winner, and this show should be, too.

Dannye: dpowell@charlotteobserver.com

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