Hey Jack! (Contemporary American Fiction)

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A Southerner odyssey revolving around Gramps, a hypochondriacal professor, a rock star, redneck Southerners, Korean veterans, and Jack, an old cafe owner whose friendship with Homer, the narrator, anchors the story

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Hannah's latest novel (others include The Tennis Handsome, LJ 3/1/83) is the chronicle of a friendship that thrives amidst the lunacy and tragi-comic violence of a small Mississippi town. The narrator, Homer, is a Korean war veteran who has become a successful writer. His friend Jack is a former war correspondent, sheriff, college professor, and farmer who now runs a small cafe. Since both men have already been crazy, they can readily understand the madness of those all around them. Seeking love that can restore, Hannah's characters frequently fall prey to passions that destroy. The book contains striking proof of Hannah's verbal ingenuity, but his story is disappointingly sparse. He provides intriguing characters and anecdotes but little sustained narrative. Albert E. Wilhelm, English Dept., Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville
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In a sleepy Mississippi college town, Homer, a 56-year-old Korean War vet, talks with Jack, a cafe owner, for hours at a time, mainly about the debaucheries of a local rock star. "Every word is fresh and precise," noted PW , "Hannah's wry voice is spellbinding."
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