A Virginia Quarterly Review book, winner of the Thomas Jefferson Award. A panorama of a colored community, faithfully and authentically mirrored, in the story of the ""jinte"" where beer, gambling, and dancing draws the summer crowds in Texas City, Texas. ""The Law"" has invited him to leave Galveston; and it doesn't take long for him to get into trouble again in his new career. The weight of the book is in the minor incidents of the lives of the people connected with the ""jinte"", George, his wife and children, the girls, the drinking, gambling, fighting and business affairs. Told in dialect, a faithful reporting of the ""black trash"" with their easy morality, their childlike gullibility, their instinctive humor.