Bastard out of Carolina - Dorothy Allison

“The South” summons a plethora of dualities: sweet tea and segregation; warm weather and weary hands; pleasant people and abject, unapologetic poverty. Contained in the pages of Bastard Out of Carolina are these distinctly though not uniquely southern conflicts and more, rendered strikingly brilliant through the author’s keen yet soft prose. Bone, the narrator of this tale, is a little girl grown up too fast. It is through her intuitive eyes that we watch her mom and step-fathers, aunts, uncles and cousins fight for their lives day in and day out in a world where, to everyone else in their town, they are “trash.” Bone emerges as brave, resourceful, and willing to battle demons both concrete and intangible to establish her integrity.

Straight Man - Richard Russo

The goose on the cover was all I needed to pick this book up. Meet Lucky Hank, aka William Henry Devereaux III. Son of two successful academics, he finds himself at age fifty exactly where he promised himself he would never be: like his father, only less prolific; be-tweeded and teaching college English. One day I hope to be half as clever, politically uncompromising, and good at teaching and narrating my own day-to-day misadventures as Lucky Hank. For now, however, I shall settle for this sidesplitting narrative of academic skullduggery, campus protests, ill-fated housing developments and love. Anyone who says fiction can't have substance and be funny at the same time would be well advised to crack open this book.

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ISBN: 9780375701900
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Published: Vintage - June 9th, 1998

Go with Me - Castle Freeman

In Go With Me, we follow Lillian, as she tries to "take care of" Blackway, a man she fears will soon kill her. After the Sherriff rebuffs her, she reluctantly turns for help to a band of outsiders led by a man named Whizzer. Ultimately, she teams up with a sharp-witted codger and a strong, but perceptibly dimwitted youth to solve her problem. This book is the perfect illustration of how dialogue should be written: The staccato rhythms of Lillian's sections match the anxiety and necessity of her quest and the repetitive tone of Whizzer's office highlights the almost banal nature of violence. It is at once a a gripping adventure tale and a gothic mystery brought north. Go With Me's suspense and tension give way to an incredibly delightful reward in its final pages.

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ISBN: 9780061671852
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 17th, 2009