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A painter leaves behind his life in New York to return to the South and his two best friends - both former lovers, now husband and wife. The death of someone close to them all sets the trio on a wild odyssey into small-town Georgia and into the troubled collective heart of their relationship.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by University of Georgia Press (first published 1988)
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Eileen
Set in George and North Florida in 1959, Shine Hawk borrows from As I Lay Dying with its small band of eccentrics transporting a dead body while suffering a variety of misadventures. The story further reveals influences from Jack Kerouac and Walt Whitman with Billy’s rambling, exhilarated passages on the beauty of his native countryside, his flights of fancy into the ultimate truth of things, and memories of his wild escapades with old friend and lover Frank. Still, this is the Deep South on the ...more
Notcathy J
Jun 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cathy was reading this when I fell in love with her. She has written, "rather ghastly".
Rusty
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I think the prose in this book is top-notch. Charlie Smith is a poet, and every sinuous line in this book proves it.
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Nov 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Well-crafted novel. This is for people who love the art of literature.
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