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
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
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
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
"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
The first of our protagonists, Larry Ott, gets shot in chapter one. From th...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
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
The story begins with Silas, a deputy, finding a body in the swamp and having the feeling that he should check on an old childhood friend, Larry. He asks another deputy to do so and Larry is found shot, laying in a pool of b...more
The narrator was excellent. His character voices were amazing. It literally s...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
This is not a book I would normally have picked up on my own, so I have GoodReads to thank for it. It was worth it.
The story is about an ostracized man, Larry Ott, who lives in the deep South (of the US). Though he was never formally charged with anything, when he was young he was suspected of raping and murdering a girl by the en...more
He is not surprised. Larry had been an outcast for as long as he could remember. He was an odd child: he loved to read, he was mechanically disinclined, and he was the only child of lower - middle class parents. His mother prayed that he would find a friend and he did in Silas Jones, the son of a single poor woman. They were as different as day and night. Larry was white. Sila...more
The relationships and connections the author details kept me turning the pages and I finished this book in record time. It felt authentic and real. Every one of the chatacters were believable. From page one...more
Consider the ma...more
When I noticed Dennis Lehane’s recommendation blurb on Tom Franklin’s “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” I had to give the book a shot. Lehane is one of my favorite contemporary authors. I featured his work in...more
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