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Yonder Stands Your Orphan by Barry Hannah
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Jun 14, 2009

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If Federico Fellini and David Lynch commissioned a work to represent the American South, "Yonder Stands Your Orphan" by Barry Hannah would fit the assignment. More a mood piece than a novel, Hannah's work is surreal and strange, with depraved characters, epic violence, and quirky relationships. The storytelling is muted, heavy on allusion and scenery, and Hannah always keeps the reader guessing as to just what exactly is going on--and then interrupts his lulled audience with a blast of violence. I'll most likely read this again in the near future, as I think a second read will shed much more light on the characters and their motivations, series of events, and Hannah's grander intent/larger themes.

I received this book as part of the Transcontinental Book Club.
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