Larry Brown is hailed as one of today's most talented Southern writers. With the release of each book, including
Father and Son, and
Joe, reviewers and fans offer increasingly enthusiastic praise for the astonishing characters he creates.
At 17, Fay Jones leaves her family's squalid home with $3 in her bra and ragged sneakers on her feet. As she heads for Biloxi, people befriend her (a policeman, his wife, a bouncer) but her impact on their lives is seductive and unpredictable. Beautiful and naive, Fay becomes the catalyst in a chain reaction of desire and violence. Her journey provides unflinching snapshots of the South, from beaches to bar rooms. Wherever she lands, though, Fay is fueled by a deep-rooted will to survive. Narrator Tom Stechschulte voices every nuance of this unforgettable young woman's personality and her transient, often brutal, world.
"Stechschulte's performance in this dialogue-rich Mississippi-based novel is breathtaking." (
"A work of grizzled beauty." ( USA Today)
"A new voice of the south." ( Time Magazine)
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