Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday 56: Week 53 - Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
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* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I just received Tom Franklin's Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter today and am excited to start reading!
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel
Here's the blurb:
In rural Mississiippi, in the late 1970s.  larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were unlikely boyhood friends.  Larry the child of white, lower-middle-class parents and Silas the son of a poor, single black mother.  Within a few years, though, tragedy struck.  Larry took a local girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again.  No body was found, and there was no confession.  The incident shook the county, including Silas.   Their friendship was broken, and Silas left town to play college baseball.

More than twenty years have passed.  Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion that still shadow him.   When Silas returns to south Mississippi as the constable of a nearby town, he and Larry have no reason to cross paths...until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again.  Now two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the painful past they've buried and ignored for decades.

About the Author:
Tom Franklin is the author of Poachers: Stories, Hell at the Breach, and Smonk.  Winner of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches in the University of Mississippi's MFA program and lives in Oxford, Mississippi. with his wife, the poet Beth Ann Fennelly, and their children.

Here's my Friday 56:
"He gone make it?"
"Don't know yet."  Breathless.

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this one. The 56 is in keeping with the blurbs and descriptions I've read. Thanks. Have a great weekend.