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Perhaps the term family is a misnomer for the Sheehands, a bunch of misfits drawn together by impulse and wrenched apart by hope, desire, and murder. Fairy, the philandering father camped out in an old school bus, can't extricate himself from the burden of "women and their sticky flaws." His wife, Susan-Blair, is slowly burying herself beneath other people's possessions in her makeshift consignment store, even as she neglects her children and chats it up with the ever-present Christ of her Pentecostal upbringing. No wonder 16-year-old Hezekiah sets off down the road to Chalktown in the opening pages of the novel, carrying his disabled brother in a backpack. His encounters along the way make for a Robert Altman-like series of takes on the bizarre nature of reality in George County.
The literary landscape of the Deep South is, of course, teeming with eccentric characters. Yet Haynes's are so fleshed-out that the reader is left feeling almost crowded, like (to quote Susan-Blair) a "durn closet full a somebody else's coats. Coats put there by people who went on to someplace else, some other thing." The author is no less gifted at conveying a sense of place. She uses the colorful brushstrokes of a painter--which she also happens to be--to imbue this story with a dark, sultry, and unmistakably Southern feel. The result is a captivating, consuming read. --S. Ketchum --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Loved this tale, the writing is amazing and full of new ways to look at language. Thank you Melinda for another great book.Published 3 months ago by Pamela P.
This is the kind of book that makes me want to stand up and cheer. It was brilliant...the characters fascinating and deep, the prose artwork on the page, and the story itself... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Virginia Reader
If you like books that are based in the south during the times of racial problems you will like this one. I really liked it and the two main characters were so believable.Published 13 months ago by Linda McClellan
This is a stunningly good novel about the deep Deep South and its vast and remarkable
Characters. Read more
I don't know how an author can think up such interesting characters. The story was very compelling and full of twists and turns.Published 21 months ago by Cindy
On a hot summer morning in the Mississippi backwoods, sixteen-year-old Hezekiah straps his mentally retarded younger brother Yellababy to his back and heads out to Chalktown, even... Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Laurel Whitehead
This was a nice story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The author is currently one of my favorites. Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by Judith M. Zullo