Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Now the Edgar Award-winning author returns with his most accomplished and resonant novel so far; an atmospheric drama set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pal...more
it is totally okay to float old reviews when you suddenly have a picture of yourself and the author to attach to them. also, when you are bored. but only once a day. anything more than that becomes boring. or desperate.
one of the best books i have read, ever.
and exactly what i was looking for when i posted my query in my very own readers' advisory group. so, thank you, james, this is a perfect suggestion to the kind of book i was looking for. and i am going to immerse myself in tom franklin's ba...more
Gorgeous and dripping with emotion and ache...
This story OWNED ME from the opening page and LARRY OTT is among the most endearing, heart-wrenching characters I've come across in a long, long time. That I connected so well with both the story and its main character surprised me because, being born and raised in Vegas, my own life experience is so vastly different from both Larry and the town of Chabot, Mississippi, where the story takes place. I give heaping mounds of credit to author...more
My wife's family is from Prentiss, Mississippi not far from where the action of this book takes place. When her grandmother died a few years ago we went down for the funeral. This was my first time in Mississippi and I remember a couple of things about the experience. First, this is small town USA and there were two funeral homes. O...more
This is a profoundly sad book about sadness in life, which is sad. And I'm not even being a brat here when I say that. There's nothing about this story that's even remotely optimistic, even the quasi-hopeful ending is very sad, if you think about it.
And why wouldn't i...more
The point of view alternates between Silas Jones & Larry Ott, flashing back to their boyhood friendship - a friendship that ends when Larry is suspected of murder. Now Silas is back in...more
Guys, I can’t review books anymore. I don’t know if “reviewer burnout” is a real thing or if I’m just miserable because it’s only the second week of July and I am going to die from this heat, or if I’m rip roaring drunk (which I somewhat am), but I came home from visiting some frien...more
After reading Shine and Winter's Bone, I was hesitant about reading another depressing story set in the south, but I’m so glad I did.
Larry Ott had a tough childhood growing up in rural Mississippi. He was sickly and he had a stutter. He never quite fit in among his classmates, usually the butt of a joke or the target of a bully. His dad was cold, distant a...more
"The Rutherford girl had been missing for eight days when Larry Ott returned home and found a monster waiting in his house."
Read that first sentence. What? It doesn't grab you? Keep reading. It's like that long slow climb up to the peak of that first drop on the roller coaster. Hear the click of the chain pulling you to the top? After you hit the top, you're in for a ride.
First came this mean little collection of a novella and...more
I was so sad -- so emotionally invested -- that I found the reading painful to bear at times. Franklin's descriptions of human isolation and loneliness are so raw and uncompromising I forced myself to take breathers between readin...more
In a few years I see you with a house, wife, and babies.
They will be stupendous, and we'll still be friends.
What I liked, besides the kid's use of the word "stupendous," was the "still be friends" part.
Will they still be friends? Who knows? Like much o...more
Is this one of those books?
I see gushing reviews for this. And I went into expecting to...more
But Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter tells of two twisted lives. As a kid...more
It was one of the very rare occurrences where I finish a book in bed without another one to pick up right away. You see, I hate being between books. When I finish one, I immediately choose another and begin it right away. But last night was an anomaly. Just the way things worked out.
So. Turning out the light immediately after finishing this left me
thinking about the whole thing for much of the night. I kept going over what it was that Franklin did that made me care...more
New York: HarperCollins, Publishers
$24.99 - 274 pages
“MI crooked letter, crooked letter I, crooked letter, crooked letter I, humpback, humpback, I”
(how southern children are taught to spell Mississippi.)
How many times have you heard the lament, “They don’t write southern novels the way they used to”? This statement is usually followed by a catalog of classics like To Kill a Mockingbird along with a few reverent references to Truman Capote, Carson McC...more
Town outcast, missing teen girl, the obvious happens in the minds and attitudes of the townsfolk, cops get involved.
That's basically what they would have you believe this book was about. It's not, that's just stuff that happens in the background of the story of two middle aged men, former childhood friends, whose lives were changed by an unsavoury incident in their youth and how they come to deal with who they are and what they've done. In other words, literature.
I wanted to lov...more
Look guys, I love detective novels. I love seeing how an author puts together a crime, presents the circumstances, and shows us the investigation process while disguising the real solution until the moment they're ready to give us the answer. It's fun to read about mysteries, so when I get a book that features a mystery but tries to distrac...more
The story is set in a small town in Mississippi where boyhood pals Larry Ott and Silas 32 attend school. Larry was the child of lower white class white parents and Silas the son of a poor, black single mother. Larry took a girl to a drive in movie and she was never seen o heard from again. He never confessed and was never charged. More than twenty years pass and another girl has disappeared, forc...more
I also followed along in the ebook copy while I listened, though, and I'm glad that I did. First, because the audio was... wonky, and it would sporadically go completely silent, like the recording stopped, or there were gaps or something, not like it was just a reader pause. There's a difference in the sound of that silence, and this was definit...more
The first of our protagonists, Larry Ott, gets shot in chapter one. From th...more
What can I do to get my brain back,people? It seems to have shriveled up and died after I read those 5 pseudo fantasy porn books. Will I have bad taste in novels forever now? Will I dislike a book if it doe...more
So that's what I liked.
What I didn't like was the use of Larry's POV to go back in time, especially...more
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