'Metal Man Walking' tells of North Charleston homelessness

(author-provided photos of the area of North Charleston that inspired her novel)

By Amy

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- One morning, as she does most mornings, Carley Eason Evans drove down Rivers Avenue in North Charleston on her way to work. She saw a man pushing a shopping cart. On that cart was a large piece of metal.

"I knew where he was going," Evans said on Lowcountry Live. "He was going over the bridge toward Port City Recycling in order to sell it."

His name was Chuck, and he was likely selling the metal in order to provide himself with food or money for shelter. Evans saw others like Chuck on a daily basis. Ultimately, she wrote a novel called Metal Man Walking.

"It is inspired by that one incident and rest of the book is a novel," Evans said.

Metal Man Walking{}is a fictional account of a Chuck, a former baseball player who once dreamed of becoming another Johnny Bench. He searches the streets and overcomes great odds to make a life for himself.

Metal Man Walking{}is Evans' first novel. She lives in Charleston and works at MUSC.

On Thursday, July 19, Evans will be at In High Cotton on the Square in Summerville, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., signing copies of her book.

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