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There are about a dozen books out there that I wish I had written. The Stranger by Albert Camus, William Gay's The Long Home, Larry Brown's Facing the Music, Tom Franklin's Poachers, among others. All of Cormac McCarthy's alien fiction-alien in that a flesh and bone man could not have written it. Flannery O'Connor, Lewis Nordan, Katherine Anne Porter, Tobias Wolff, Rick Bragg, Harry Crews, Raymond Carver, Tim Gautreaux, are other writers that I envy. I wish I had been the person writing the ...more
Apr 12, 2008 Mallory rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has a secret that needs to be told
Very vulgar, but has a good message. Secrets keep us sick. Many parts of this story made me cringe, especially the illustrative descriptions of terrible sex acts and beatings. Worth reading if you don't have a problem with lots of profanity and lots of uncomfortable scenes of prostitution, racial hate, and pure ignorance.
I did not like this book because I could not seem to like any of the characters. I found I could not empathize with or have any feeling but contempt for any of these people. The leading characters were despicable. The protagonist was not much better. Sorry!!
Suzanne Hudson is the author of two literary novels, In a Temple of Trees and In the Dark of the Moon. Her short fiction has been anthologized in almost a dozen books, including Stories from the Blue Moon Café and The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul. Her short story collection Opposable Thumbs was a finalist for a John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her latest work of short stories, All the ...moreMore about Suzanne Hudson...