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The Dark Corner: A Novel
The Dark Corner: A Novel
by Mark Powell
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The NEW NEW South, February 28, 2013
This novel is a great big tribute to Southern heart and heartbreak. The Walker brothers are men obsessed. Malcolm suffers from a dream of finding the mind of God while Dallas fights with Nietzschean fury for ownership of land. This is no passive apologia for how things ought to be. Insetad, it shows the greed and loneliness of the American Now. The writing itself is masterful.
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Short Bus
Short Bus
by Brian Allen Carr
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scripture, January 29, 2013
This review is from: Short Bus (Paperback)
This book is made up of words. They are not words that make me happy and I do not think the world will be happy with them in it. I am also not happy, nor am I made up of words.


Bledsoe
Bledsoe
by William Wright
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grinding, evocative fatalism, April 4, 2012
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Wright's poem is a dark odyssey into memory and desire. His landscape is charged with a kind of hard flung meter that borders on the Saxonic. The drama of the poem's language braids through and twists the nature of the narrative itself, making Bledsoe into more than a character, but a consciousness at large, a bemusement to any single reading. Wright is clearly one of the most exciting new poets writing today. I will seek out the rest of his work with great anticipation.


The Free Farm: A Novel (Working Lives)
The Free Farm: A Novel (Working Lives)
by Larry R. Smith
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Working Class Pastoral, October 24, 2011
THE FREE FARM is a strong novel about a young man coming to terms with the realities of who he is amid a difficult place and time. I thoroughly enjoyed this portrait of commune life from a realistic and nonsensationalized perspective. The building of families in all their forms is central to this book and should be read as a vision of what can be accomplished through idealism and compassion.


The Devil All the Time
The Devil All the Time
by Donald Ray Pollock
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Gothic, July 19, 2011
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Like William Gay (notice the nod on p. 170), Pollock tells a brutal, inevitable tale of the wages of savagery. The entire book is a sublimated nightmare. There's grace here, too, though it comes through an awful purchase. Pollock would be in good company with Jim Thompson and Harry Crews. This is a book that means something.


The Name of the Nearest River: Stories (Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature)
The Name of the Nearest River: Stories (Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature)
by Alex Taylor
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important New Southern Voice, March 23, 2011
A fine, powerful debut bursting with language and metaphor that reminds me of Barry Hannah's AIRSHIPS. I look forward to what might follow from this impressive young author.


The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. 3: Contemporary Appalachia
The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. 3: Contemporary Appalachia
by William Wright
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Needed Collection, March 23, 2011
This is an excellent gathering of Appalachian poets. It demonstrates the hard edge of strict narrative lines that are such an integral part of the tradition from which they spring. The voices are largely colloquial but still suggest the necessarily defamiliarized. If you mean to understand the songs of the mountain South, then you need this book on your shelf. Highly recommended for classrooms.


Airships
Airships
by Barry Hannah
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Approach to the American Story, April 16, 2010
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Airships is a book that breaks apart expectations of what the short form can do. The language is so exacting and unique as to put this book in a league of its own. The stories are themselves alternately Gothic and realistic, but regardless of the mode, the intelligence behind the narrative is plain scary. The story "Testimony of Pilot" may be the single best short story I've ever read. When I pick up this book, I literally feel my pulse quicken. Hannah is one hell of an amusement ride. This is a great intro to the rest of his work.


No Quarter: A Matty Graves Novel (The Matty Graves Novels)
No Quarter: A Matty Graves Novel (The Matty Graves Novels)
by Broos Campbell
Edition: Hardcover
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware Wickett's Purple Stain, April 30, 2006
Campbell delivers an entirely new slant on the genre of historical nautical fiction in his debut of what projects to be a trilogy about the neophyte American Navy. What sets this book apart from many other writers in the genre is his original, telling characterization, and a truly signature style. The publisher calls it ironic, but I think that description is somewhat off--wry, yes, ironic, mmmm, not so much. But it is a delightful and well-paced read and I am pretty hard to satisfy when it comes to this type of book (If you don't believe me, just read my lambasting of Edward Cline's SPARROWHAWK: BOOK ONE JACK FRAKE). Intelligent without being "brainy," Campbell proves himself a literary force to be reckoned with.


The Loyalist's Son (Fairaday & Marlborough Novels)
The Loyalist's Son (Fairaday & Marlborough Novels)
by Charles White
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Author, April 29, 2006
I have had several people contacting me who have enjoyed this book and were looking for the sequel. Though delayed by a couple of years, the second Fairaday and Marlborough, STANDARDS LEFT RAGGED is now available on Amazon. The same is true of my other Revolution at Sea series, the Jack Cunningham novels; the title of that one is THE BROKEN SWORD: A NOVEL OF THE AMERICAN WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE AT SEA. Thanks to everyone for all the support!


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