Terry Roberts' direct ancestors have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since the time of the Revolutionary War. Among his forebears are prominent bootleggers and preachers but no one who, like Jedidiah Robbins, combines both preoccupations. Told with haunting lyricism, The Holy Ghost Speakeasy is the story of a preacher full of contradictions, a man for whom the way is never straight and narrow. It bends like the river, a river that leads him in the paths of a different brand of righteousness--and perhaps even to salvation. Terry Roberts launches his latest novel at Malaprop's on Tuesday, August 21, at 6 p.m.