When Jason ...more
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 ...more
CW: 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 favourite English words, Jordan Farm...more
I first became aware of this through a Lambda Literary blurb, and am somewhat disappointed that the gay content is really incidental and doesn't figure more prominently - although the innovation of the titular character being a dwarf somewhat mitigated against that. Aside from that, Farmer's debut displays real talent and grit, but it took an abysmally long time for the book to really take off for me, and there were far too many languid passages. I also found it difficult to ke ...more
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 ...more
Will definitely be recommending! I love it!
Jason Felts, a dwarf and prison social worker, has felt society's sting all his life, even when he was called upon as a teen to be a fill-in pallbearer at his family's once-prosperous funeral home. Now, as an adult, he's assigned to help Huddles, the teen-age brother of ...more
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 ...more
Lynch, a coal mining town well onto its final skid into oblivion, is home to those who have nowhere else to go. At the top of this slag heap is a hoodlum n ...more
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 ...more