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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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Aug 24, 2017 Eileen rated it liked it · review of another edition
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