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Unfortunately for Jamalee, Woodrell's Ozarks is a place that rewards ambition with disaster. Here as in his five previous "country noir" novels, Woodrell writes with a keen understanding of class and a barely contained sense of rage. The residents of West Table's trailer parks and shotgun shacks share Sammy's sense of limited possibilities. "I ain't shit! I ain't shit! shouts your brain," Sammy thinks while wandering around the mansion, "and this place proves the point." Even when Jason sticks up for his own family, the way he does so is heartbreaking: "This expression of utter frankness takes over Jason's beautiful face, and he says, 'I don't think we're the lowest scum in town.' He didn't argue that we weren't scum, just disputed our position on the depth chart." With her mildewing etiquette guides and grandiose plans, Jamalee is the only character who doesn't share their sense of defeat, and she's the only one who, in the end, gets away--though she leaves behind her a trail of betrayal and heartache. By the time the novel's final tragedy rolls around, it seems both senseless and inevitable, as tragedies do in real life. Told in a voice that crackles with energy and wit, Tomato Red is sharp, funny, and more importantly, true. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I've read some short stories by Woodrell that were awesome, so I was excited to try this novel. Maybe I was just expecting the wrong thing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. T.
Tomato Red was my third visit to Daniel Woodrell's West Table, Missouri and my favorite so far. While it does not live up to the brilliance of Winter's Bone I thought it was still... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MSJ
A great story, with keep your attention action, about someones life.Published 3 months ago by George Strampher
Best writer in the south, hands down!!! Love this guys stuff...Published 3 months ago by JOHN STEIER
I liked this book a lot. The main character was the kind of guy that I think is likable. He sees what' going on, and he knows generally what's going to happen. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Jane Soehnlin
Again Mr. Woodrell couches the culture of the Ozarks (West Table, Mo. to be exact) in Homeric plot and characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas De Voe Worthen
I read 3 to 5 books a week and this was one of the best I have ever read. I am from the south and this book was very realistic. It has an expected but really sad ending. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sherry V Wood
" I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation" _ somerset Maugham \ for the first five or six chapters of tomato... Read morePublished 7 months ago by james ferguson