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The Pallbearer

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Lynch, West Virginia, is a husk of a town: houses collapsing, deserted coal mines, the money gone. The residents who have not abandoned their homes find themselves living in poverty with little-to-no job opportunities, fighting for scraps and survival under the rule of Ferris Gilbert--the patriarch of a local family who governs the town with manipulative cruelty.

When Jason
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing
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5/5 stars
Content includes depictions of addiction, animal cruelty, homophobia, physical altercations and self-harm

He kept thinking about the small handwriting, the elegant loop in the cursive P of please. It was capitalized, a single word followed by the dark blot of a period. Words were such fragile, imprecise things, but that please explained everything.

Based solely on the premise, I thought this story could go either way.. but I'm happy to report that not only is Pallbearer one of my new fa

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Amy
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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*** 4 Stars***
The Pallbearer by Jordan Farmer was a great read that I highly recommend. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't wait find out how everything would play out. I loved the character development and how all the character's stories intertwined. The Gilbert family runs this small town and one of the brothers ends up in jail for a crime. The main Gilbert, Ferris, goes to extreme circumstances to help his brother, including blackmailing and murder. I don't want to give away any det
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Crystal Brown
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, fiction, 2018
I'll be honest with you all: I chose to read The Pallbearer simply because I really liked the cover and because it is set in Appalachia.

I was a little worried going in that the protagonist Jason Felts' dwarfism would be used as a gimmick in the story, as would Terry's homosexuality, but I am quite pleased to have been wrong on both fronts.

Too often, authors emphasize a character's disability so much that the character basically becomes that disability. In this instance, Felts is written as a com
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Janet Martin
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This debut is a hard book, gritty and unforgiving. The main character grew up in a funeral home, carrying coffins of those who lacked relatives to do the task, and has spent his adult life working in his community attempting to carry lost souls out of misery. Handicapped physically, his spirit is indomitable. Depressing and uplifting, this portrayal of a community locked up by criminal elements, strikes home the reality of 21st century life on the edge of an economically divided country. Farmer ...more
Olivia
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this as much as I did. The writing was beautifully done, descriptive and yet not dragging. The characters were the most imperfect people, in the best way possible. I loved how every character had a flaw and had a strength.

Will definitely be recommending! I love it!
Hana Correa
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Aaron Mcquiston
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
"The Pallbearer" is the story of a poor small town, Lynch, West Virginia, and the crime and corruption that happens in many of these towns throughout America. Practically ran by the Gilbert Family, they think that they can get away with anything, including drugs dealing, assault, and murder. Who is going to stop them when they are above the law?

Jason Felts, a dwarf and social worker, who grew up above the funeral home and was a stand in pallbearer when needed, gets tangled into the web of the Gi
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Randee Green
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
THE PALLBEARER is Jordan Farmer's debut novel. It will be published November 6th 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing.

Lynch, West Virginia - a poverty stricken town in the dying coal region - is ruled by the ruthless criminal Ferris Gilbert. When Ferris' younger brother is incarcerated at a juvenile facility, Ferris manipulates and threatens social worker, Jason Felts, into smuggling a deadly item into the jail. Jason, who only wants to help people, is forced to choose between saving Huddles Gilbert or h
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