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A Tinkers Damn [Kindle Edition]

Darryl Wimberley
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Book Description

As the nation readies to enter WWII, Tink Buchanan has one concern: his personal battle to regain the land, and home, that are his birthright. A generation earlier the Ogilvies had forced his father to turn over the land to cover a debt, and with the Depression grinding on, Tink sees his chance to return the favor—if he can only dredge up a bit more cash. So he pulls his son, Carter, out of college to work in his lumber mill and sets his eyes on going home. But Tink's plan unravels when Carter's affection for Julia Ogilvie threatens familial ties—and as racial tensions mount following the brutal murder of his employee, Saint MacGrue.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A Depression-era land battle in the Florida panhandle forms the gritty backdrop for Wimberly's evocative coming-of-age novel. At its outset, in 1929, an African-American worker named Saint McGrue dies in a lumber-clearing accident. McGrue's son, Spence, is the best friend of youthful (white) narrator Carter Buchanan, whose father, Tink, owns the mill where Saint worked. Tink has been trying to acquire the land of his arch rival Dave Ogilvie, a tobacco grower who is also the preacher in their small rural town. The rivalry turns acrimonious when Tink plots to take control of Ogilvie's mortgage, and the situation worsens when adolescent Carter takes a romantic interest in Ogilvie's daughter, Julia, who leaves town to pursue a teaching career. Wimberly's previous novels (A Rock and a Hard Place; Dead Man's Bay) are mysteries starring detective Barrett Raines. His auspicious foray into more literary territory also turns on secrets that are gradually revealed. Young Carter is suspended within a web of conflicting loyalties to Tink, to Ogilvie and to Spence. Violence in the community and revelations about Saint McGrue's death add complications and increase suspense. The racial politics of the era take on greater importance, highlighted by local elections and a murder. Wimberly's grasp of storytelling is admirable, as Carter faces a series of moral conflicts, eventually comes to understand the tragic secret his father holds and accepts his own part in the painful past. Agent, Andrew Pope. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Mystery writer Wimberley, author of A Rock and a Hard Place (1999) and Dead Man's Bay (2000), changes genres and publishers, but this story of family loyalty and betrayal also has plenty of action and violence. Tink Buchanan is a hard man, his character forged by childhood deprivation and a lifetime of labor, and he's obsessed with getting back land once in his family but now owned by neighbor Dave Ogilvie. Tink enlists his son, Carter, to help in the quest for the land, but complications arise when Carter, pulled out of college, falls in love with Ogilvie's daughter, Julia. Set in rural northwest Florida in the mid-twentieth century, this seems like a story from earlier times, with its frontier justice, racial hatred, and paucity of modern conveniences. Wimberley intersperses scenes of brutality and murder with a little lovemaking and vivid descriptions of logging and raising tobacco, and his story moves at a good pace, with only regrets at the close. Michele Leber
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1878448048
  • Publisher: MP Publishing Limited (November 30, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZCY9LM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Journey Into the Past December 17, 2000
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"Tinker's Damn" is the story of a man who most readers would consider to be moderately successful in his life. He, his wife and son (from whose point of view the story is told) live in the Depression-era Florida panhandle. They have a house, land, enough to eat, and work. Tinker "Tink" Buchanan, however, doesn't have the one plot of land he feels that is his own; his father had lost their family land when Tink was a child, and Tink's one purpose in life is to make enough to buy the land back. Tink's son, Chance, doesn't understand the cancer in his father's soul, especially after he falls in love with the daughter of his father's enemy. "Tinker's Damn" is a very-well-told story of generational conflict, and its tragedy comes in softly but dramatically. When I finished the book, I literally had to put it in a drawer before going back to look at it again. I understood Chance's life in a way that disturbed me, which is a mark of a great storyteller. Mr. Wimberley has brought a spark of the universal into this small story of a small tragedy. I eagerly look forward to reading more of Mr. Wimberley's work. His is a rare gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! February 14, 2001
So seldom, so very rare, to find a contemporary author with the literary ability of Wimberley. If you have not experienced the rough scrub, back country of Florida's panhandle, you will capture it in A TINKER'S DAMN. Your senses will rain down about you in feverish torrents of colors, smells, and imagery, then be gripped in tension as the tale's swelled emotions rip the fabric of the characters' lives. This novel of a father-son relationship searching for common ground moves with crushing impact not unlike Ivan Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons", but vividly more. It draws a reader in like a vacuum and never lets go. A haunting. I read it in three sittings, and struggled in between with a constant pull to return to the pages. Revenge, justice, redemption... all interlaced in a fiery meltdown of the characters' wills, and poured out redefined in the outcomes. Loved it. No need to go out 'Finding Forrester'--he's here among us, in these pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another win for Wimberley!! July 14, 2014
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This author has a style of writing I love. I read it because I loved King of Colored Town. He educates, keeping the reader guessing and adds suspense as well. Great story!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A regional tale. April 13, 2014
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A sad tale which gives you an understanding of the more distasteful aspects of life at that time in that part of the US and sadly how and why some of these traditions linger on in modern times. Very good reading though.
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