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One Mississippi by Mark Childress
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Apr 14, 11

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Read from April 11 to 13, 2011

looks to have a comic element to it: "bud looked like dad and dad respected him for that."

great story.

16-yr-old daniel musgrove narrates life in indiana, moving to mississippi, meeting tim cousins, prom night, before & after, the whole shebang. the time is 1973, thereabouts, give or take a year and the story covers a period of about a year, give or take. i like how that was done, no newsreels came spinning out of the page at me, but you knew time is passing.

daniel is the second child of three, bud, his older brother and his younger sister...was it jeanie, jennie, something like that. yeah, you bet, i pay attention. the old man and the mother. there's this jocko character, a deformed uncle w/a spooky kind of what? clairvoyance maybe, a trait that is just there, maybe commented on by daniel w/an italicized line or two....like, how do you know that!

the prom is a big event, figures big big in the story, what comes after the prom. we never had a prom, us, what w/our fragile gym floor. STAY OFF THE FLOOR IN YOUR STREET SHOES! so i tip-toed a lot.
in the story, the prom is held at some hotel, what a thought, hey?

there's a KEY event that transpires after the prom...this is mississippi, right, blacks/whites, and that makes the scene, you bet, big big.

there's a pile of characters, the musgrave family and uncle jocko, tim, daniel's friend, other high school students, many not more than names, but a handful of key players, teachers, etc. several teachers, along w/others.

daniel is a real hoot, 16-yr-old, right? the way he sees the world is a joy to read, funny, and yeah, tragic too.

and along w/all the characters there is a plot, a storyline, and when it's all said and done, i said, awe, come on, i want more.


funny, tragic, a story. a good read.

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