Go west young man….

Posted: November 23, 2011 in Argentina, Brazil, Southern States, USA

I have just started reading Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, a book set in Mississippi. I have driven across various parts of the Border South including Northern Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina and immediately recognised  the descriptions of the small towns, and the people who inhabit them.

He passed a clothing store that had gone so long without customers it’d briefly become a vintage clothing store without changing stock.

I also have two more western hemisphere books to read in the next few weeks. 

A Vine in the Blood: Leighton Gage

Sweet Money: Ernesto Mallo

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Norman – Oh, I hope you’ll like Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. It’s a powerful book in my opinion.

  2. Maxine says:

    I loved this book (btw Jose I pointed out at FF that it’s Sweet Money not Small Money – you must have been thinking of the Euro crisis or Iceland at the time 😉 ).

  3. Norman says:

    No Maxine, I must have been thinking about my savings. 😉

  4. I am sure this is a conspiracy, but it won´t work this time!

    I had already made up my mind I´d have to read this book some time 😀

  5. kathy d. says:

    I loved this book, too, and have raved about it on and off the blogosphere. In addition to the mystery and sense of place in the Southern U.S., it is fundamentally a book about another side of the human condition. It’s about how racism and poverty affect relationships, and about friendship lost and found. It made me cry because the main characters’ emotions are so realistically described. My raves got several friends here — and their parents — to read it. Everyone thought highly of it.

  6. Norman says:

    I agree Kathy, Margot and Maxine so far it is [page 128] a superb book filled with great stories; one of those books you want to take slowly and absorb the atmosphere. If I didn’t have to go out later I would be drinking a Southern Comfort, or Jack Daniels.

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