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Told through the voice of an overweight 13-year-old boy named Shuggy Atkins, this is the story of Shug; the one person who loves him, his mother Glenda; and her boyfriend Red, a brutal and ignorant man. Red hates Shug but uses him to break into houses to steal drugs and anything else that can be sold. Glenda makes a meager living looking after the local cemetery and spends her time trying to keep Red amused and away from Shug, whom he loves to humiliate but whom she adores. Glenda is Shug's only champion. She calls him Sweet Mister as she continually boosts his confidence and promises a better life for him, if not for herself.
But when Glenda sees a beautiful, green Thunderbird with leather seats and its driver, Jimmy Vin Pearce, a chain of events is set into motion that will end in violence and bloodshed. Glenda must keep hidden from Red her infatuation with Jimmy Vin's money and fine clothes while she and Shug dream separate dreams of making a new life away from the violence.
Woodrell writes books that are small in volume but large in scope. It is impossible to put down this story of less than 200 pages until the final tragedy unfolds. --Otto Penzler
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
I finished this book with a feeling that I ought to read more Woodrell.
This is an exquisitely told story that is as striking in its tragedy as it is in the perfect imagery that Woodrell's prose evokes.
Reading Woodrell's lifelike and telling depiction of their existence leaves you feel like showering and brushing your teeth.
Isolated and friendless, 13 year old Shug lives with his drunk and reckless mother (Glenda) near a cemetery. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by fra7299
I was mesmerized by "Tomato Red" so I picked this up. Did not draw me in the same way that Tomato Red did. Nor did I find the writing itself as potent. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Dustin
good book, not great but it did keep me interested to where I finished it pretty quick.
the author does a great job of making you picture these characters in your mind - very... Read more
The Death of Sweet Mister is a tale set in the Ozarks, and follows the life and criminal misdeeds of Morris Atkins, better known as Shug. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ty Wilson
poignant, disturbing while being quite beautiful. A soulful endeavor. I'll remember it for a long while &, in all probability, I will go back to it again & again over the years.Published 1 month ago by Frances85901
Woodrell is a great writer, but the subject matter is depressing. I can say this because it is written about the part of the US where I grew up.Published 2 months ago by M. Blades
Sets the standard for novellas and for tales with a noir sentiment. It's dark, sinister and, at times, hard to digest, but it's a ever so true, a reality story that others might... Read morePublished 2 months ago by William D. Brisbane