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Celebration by Harry Crews
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Apr 26, 2012

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Everything is going fine for Stump, he owns a retirement community & doesn't know anything about the residents - and doesn't want to know anything. Trouble comes in the form of a young beauty named Too Much, and thanks to her, he starts to feel good about his missing hand (hence the nickname) and his life. It's all downhill from there...

Sorry it took me so long to read a Crews, he passed away in April 2012. The characters reminded me of the types that usually inhabit a David Lynch film. There's Johnson, who takes daily shots at the swamp in the hopes of one day killing it, his hated wife Mabel, a Chinese carpenter Honorable Mr. Doo, a handyman named Justice (who changes his name to Kid Lightning), and a large group of retirees called The Old Ones that parade around mindlessly doing Too Much's bidding. It starts out strange & gets weirder.

I do like fiction that plays around with the Cult of Personality, and this one sure fits in that genre. R.I.P Mr. Crews.
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