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Father and Son by Larry Brown
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Apr 11, 12

really liked it

Excellent, highly underrated writer from Oxford, MS. Father and Son is a dark novel about a young man who returns home to his rural southern community around the beginning of the Vietnam war after serving two years in prison. Emotionally stunted and psychologically damaged, he can't forgive or forget his own sins nor can he forget and forgive those he feels sinned against him and the story revolves around how this character affects the lives of those around him.

This may sound like another gothic, exaggerated and cliched, wisteria dripping southern saga but I didn't find that to be the case. Brown's characters and his depiction of day-to-day rural life are understated and rooted in humanity.
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