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Fireman-turned-writer Brown's 1988 debut collection of short stories.
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The stories in this collection by an able new talent are set in the South. The protagonist of the best piecesincluding the title story and a fine work entitled "Samaritans"is usually a boozy, middle-aged man who can't quite make sense of his life. Although Brown hails from Oxford, Mississippi, the hometown of William Faulkner, his laconic, matter-of-fact style resembles Raymond Carver's more than Faulkner's. Highly recommended. Paul Kaplan, Highland Park P.L., Ill.
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Product Details

  • Series: Front Porch Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1st Front Porch Pbk. Ed edition (January 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565121252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565121256
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
He also indicates he likes women, beer and dogs. In this wonderful collection of short fiction, Larry Brown takes you cruising to smokey bars searching for juicy women. He takes you back home where undesired wives are bitter at their non-willing partners. He takes you to the edge of a horrible accident caused by a child, vigilant at getting back at the driver for killing his dog. He also takes you to the backroads and side streets of Mississippi, where life is thick, humid and the people are thirsty for something to happen.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Allen Loibner-Waitkus on January 7, 2001
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It has been my opinion over the last three years that the best authors in America writing today are southerners: Ellen Gilchrist, Nancy Peacock, Clyde Edgerton. Two of the best are from Mississippi: Lewis Nordan and Larry Brown.
I won't lie--Nordan is the better of the two, but "Facing the Music" is proof that Brown can hold his own. In this collection of short stories, Brown gives readers a real-life view of southern relationships. Full of drunkeness, violence and bitterness, these stories paint a true picture of love in the South. There is, however, a tenderness in some of these stories that make you understand why lovers even try in the first place.
Give this one a chance. You wont regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1996
Format: Paperback
FACING THE MUSIC is a series of short
stories that Larry Brown wrote while still
trying to get his grasp on writing from
within. Even from the opening words of this
collection, one can discern that he's
speaking to the reader from the depths of his soul.

Following this lead, most of the stories
are engrossing personal portraits of the
rotting corpses within personal relationships.
Brown accurately arouses feelings in the reader
in most of the stories, especially the
harrowing 'Kubuku Rides'. And, supplies the occasional
chuckle and smile, as well.

The only drawback may be how experimental
some of his prose is (for instance, the
former story is written within a dialect)
But, nonetheless-when he communicates
the feelings and not the words on the page,
his thoughts are the kind that can keep you up late at night
pondering your own lives.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Evynchan@cs.com on May 27, 1999
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Larry Brown has taken short fiction to its pique. The story "Julie, a Memory" is absolutely fascinating. All of his stories have within them the essence of real humanity. His stories are poignant and thought-provoking. This is wonderful reading for those who don't have time for novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bordeaux Dogue on May 26, 2013
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From a writer who, since sadly deceased, had a vast knowledge of human nature, and life in the southerm US States.

This was his debut book, and is ver well deserving of being given a shot. As said, some very good stuff in there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick R. Gault on July 27, 2013
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Just wow. After reading Fay and A Miracle of Catfish, I found this earlier book of Larry Brown short stories and they did not disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Thorson on August 19, 2012
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Larry Brown is the most honest, unflinching writer you will find. If you have ever been married or had a drink or drove a car, you will like his work. He makes a compelling case for losers that you would drive right over and never notice. His voice is unique in the great tradition of Harry Crews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Barber on June 13, 2013
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These short stories leave you almost breathless. The characters share thier own gritty, real and intensely personal thoughts on an almost too intimate level.
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