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Tom Franklin was born and raised in Dickinson, Alabama. He held various jobs as a struggling writer living in South Alabama, including working as a heavy-equipment operator in a grit factory, a construction inspector in a chemical plant and a clerk in a hospital morgue. In 1997 he received his MFA from the University of Arkansas. His first book, Poachers was named as a Best First Book of Fiction by Esquire and Franklin received a 1999 Edgar Award for the title story. Franklin has published two novels: Hell at the Breech, published in 2003 and Smonk published in 2006. The recipient of the 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, Franklin now teaches in the University of Mississippi's MFA program and lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife, the poet Be ...more

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" Thanks, Lee and Luke. My pal Ace Atkins just got nominated for an Edgar for his new novel.

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" Thank yall for the comments. I got to ride around with a great guy, the chief investigator of an Alabama county's sheriff's department, and he told me ...more "
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" Hi, Lee. I don't know about Waite. Did you ever see the story "Christians," that appeared in the H@Breech paperback? It features Waite. But I can't qu ...more "
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“Was that what childhood was? Things rushing by out a window, the trees connected by motion, going too fast for him to notice the consequences?”
Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

“Maybe Larry was wrong about the word friend, maybe he'd been shoved away from everybody for so long all he was was a sponge for the wrongs other people did.”
Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

“Dawn crept up out of the trees, defining a bole, a burl, a leaf at a time the world he'd spent the night trying to comprehend. But what would daylight offer except the illusion of understanding? At least in darkness you were spared the pretending.”
Tom Franklin, Hell at the Breech


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