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“Dark violence and piebald absurdity share an uncertain border, and now and then some mythmaker on his day off, like Grubb, manages to write within this certainty. A fine book, written for the hell of it, which is a splendid reason.”—Time

Set in the Appalachian backcountry in the midst of the Great Depression, Fools’ Parade traces the adventures of three ex-convicts who bec
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Paperback, 332 pages
Published June 6th 2001 by Univ Tennessee Press (first published 1969)
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4 1/2-5 I'm making it a personal project to read 3-4 more by this author. First there was 'The Night of the Hunter', and now this great novel. I don't think Davis Grubb is ever going to let me down. *****I'm going to go so far as to compare it with another great book: 'The Clearing' by Tim Gautreaux. If anything FP is a little less violent than The Clearing, but the scenes often revolve around hijacked trains, river towns, evasion of the law, corrupt businessmen, and setting things right just ...more
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Born in Moundsville, West Virginia, Grubb wanted to combine his creative skills as a painter with writing and as such attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However, his color blindness was a handicap he could not overcome and he gave up on painting to dedicate himself to writing fiction. He did, however, make a number of drawings and sketches duri
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