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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: NewSouth Books (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588382176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588382177
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,834,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. In this insightful, laugh-out-loud follow-up to his debut novella, Junior Ray, Pritchard again indulges the profanely backwoods, occasionally backwards, voice of Mississippi good ol' boy Junior Ray Loveblood. Formerly deputy sheriff of a Mississippi delta town, Junior Ray is now an aging parking lot guard at the floating Lucky Pair-O-Dice Casino, and an amateur historian. His account of a failed Union naval expedition at Yazoo Pass on the Mississippi River also includes the story of his research expedition, with his friend Mad Owens, to the Magic Pussy Cabaret & Club up in Meffis. Among other theories, Junior Ray speculates that peyote ruined Union Lt. Cmdr. Watson Smith's life, that love undermined Mad Owens's and that the strip club saved his own. Each interwoven story is as surprising and strong as Junior Ray himself, who conjures a surreal scene of ironclads logjammed in a bayou as colorfully as he recounts a backroom lap dance from his best friend's granddaughter Petunia. Between expletives and misanthropic digressions, Junior Ray reveals a lifetime of deep, unlikely friendships, even getting at an occasional truth in a humble manner that's—as Junior Ray might put it—as soft as a quail's fart. (Oct.)
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Wickedly brilliant... --Nashville Scene

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I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but that does not make me a Tennessean, for I was raised in Tunica, Mississippi --in the Mississippi Delta . . . that "Mississippi" Delta of legend and song -- which more accurately may be the Yazoo Delta. But, most important, it is the strange and fertile, alluvial, literary plain of Tennessee Williams and of Moon Lake and of Amanda, in The Glass Menagerie . . . Blanche in Streetcar, and Maggie the Cat.

I was born in Memphis only because the road, Highway 61, was paved in 1937, the year before my birth; and my mother decided to go to the hospital in the big city rather than stay in Tunica, a decision which turned out to be fortunate for both of us because I was a high-forceps delivery, pulled from my mother by force in an attempt to save her life and to perhaps forfeit mine.

I survived and so did she. As a result I have no occiput at all, am exceedingly high-strung, and have led a desperately neurotic existence. All in all I seem to be quite fine.

My mother never got over it. The event, itself, and, later, having to deal with me was all a bit too much. I bear survivor's guilt and have never found philosophy to be the consolation it was to Marcus Aurelius.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Lily on January 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Junior Ray (Loveblood), the eponymous hero of the original Junior Ray novel, is back again. And I reckon he's got as good a chance of explaining quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity in his own particular way--as Albert Einstein or Ludwig Wittengenstein ever did. And somehow the space/time continuum and The Magic Pussy, which is a nightclub up in Memphis (or Meffis, as Junior Ray says it) all seem to wobble in their orbits and converge in the person of Junior Ray. He's a redneck, coonass narrator who has mellowed about 3 Fuks from his debut--which is about the way a Delta Debutante mellows. And hon, you'd just have to BE there to understand it. However...it don't take a whole lot of sense to ENJOY it. So settle back and let Junior Ray talk to you a little bit about Civil War history (better than Sunday School), love, pussy, and the Gotdamn Universe. It's a helluva story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolling Fork on December 6, 2008
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This book probably isn't one you'd want to suggest for your church group, but that doesn't mean it isn't highly entertaining! The vivid descriptions of the area and its inhabitants are spot-on and once you get started, it's hard to put down. If you know, or want to know more, about the area that "begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel..." then check out The Yazoo Blues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Gephart on May 20, 2009
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pro'ly best this ain't on my kindle knowin' whar I read things; ah'd jist disrupt meetings and even mess up a ball game with my laughter.
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By Leigh Fraser on January 11, 2009
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The Nashville "Scene" called The Yazoo Blues "Wickedly Brilliant." BookPage gave it a rave, Publishers Weekly awarded it a star, and word-of-mouth praise is off the charts! There hasn't been satire like this since Petronius. And we haven't seen this towering degree of dark humor since Terry Southern. The Yazoo Blues is a great follow-up to Junior Ray, and I can't wait for Pritchard's third novel to appear.

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Junior Ray is a colorful Delta character.

Not for the faint of heart when it comes to language and sexual content.
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