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895 pages, Kindle Edition
First published August 28, 1983
“the finest writer of paperback originals in America” by Stephen King
“one of the best writers of horror in this country” by Peter Straub.
The form moved towards a deeper engagement with the world into which its horrific elements intrude. It traced with greater precision the emotional and intellectual responses of its characters to that intrusion. It evoked more of the ways in which the horror’s disruption might be made manifest.
“She hates that levee the way you and I hate hell and the Republicans.”
"I knew she would do it, worm her way in. Dig right down in the mud of Perdido until she couldn't be dragged out by seventeen men pulling on a rope that was tied around her neck—and I just wish it were!"
Oscar knew that Elinor was very much like his mother: strong-willed and dominant, wielding power in a fashion he could never hope to emulate. That was the great misconception about men... there were blinds to disguise the fact of men's real powerlessness in life. Men controlled the legislatures, but when it came down to it, they didn't control themselves. Oscar knew that Mary-Love and Elinor could think and scheme rings around him. They got what they wanted. In fact, every female on the census rolls of Perdido, Alabama got what she wanted. Of course no man admitted this; in fact, didn't even know it. But Oscar did.