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The lives of two men--Joe Ransom, a drinking, gambling, reckless fifty-year-old, and Gary Jones, a luckless fifteen-year-old raised by an evil father and an insane mother, become intertwined in a novel of good, evil, temptation, and sacrifice
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“Brilliant . . . Larry Brown has slapped his own fresh tattoo on the big right arm of Southern Lit.” ―The Washington Post Book World
Joe Ransom is a hard-drinking ex-con pushing fifty who just won’t slow down--not in his pickup, not with a gun, and certainly not with women. Gary Jones estimates his own age to be about fifteen. Born luckless, he is the son of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, and he’s desperate for a way out. When their paths cross, Joe offers him a chance just as his own chances have dwindled to almost nothing. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption--or ruin.
“Literature of the first order . . . Powerful stuff spun by a sure, patient hand . . . His characters just are. They call to mind the Joads in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and the pictures and people in James Agee’s and Walker Evans’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. It is an understated, powerful, beautiful evocation of a place, a time, a people. It is a book that will last.” ―Detroit Free Press
“Luminescent prose tempered by wit.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Sinewy and lyrical.” ―Los Angeles Times
“Brown compels our admiration, Joe himself makes us care.” ―Newsweek
Larry Brown was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he lived all his life. At the age of thirty, a captain in the Oxford Fire Department, he decided to become a writer and worked toward that goal for seven years before publishing his first book, Facing the Music, a collection of stories, in 1988. With the publication of his first novel, Dirty Work, he quit the fire station in order to write fulltime. Between then and his untimely death in 2004, he published seven more books. His three grown children and his widow, Mary Annie Brown, live near Oxford.
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: As new. Dust Jacket Condition: As new. 1st UK edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First UK edition. A copy in great condition - apparently unread. Author's second novel following the highly-acclaimed "Dirty Work" and two collections of short stories 'Facing The Music" (1989) and "Dirty Work" (1990). Brown was born and lived all his life in Oxford, Mississippi where he worked as a fireman; during that time he took writing classes under the direction of Ellen Douglas a recognized writer at the University of Mississippi; he quit his job with the city in 1990 and became a full time writer; Brown died in November 2004 at the age of 53. Seller Inventory # 000345
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Like New. London; Hodder & Stoughton; 1992; 1st British Edition; Hardcover; Fine in Fine dust jacket; First U.K. Edition. Fine in a Fine dust jacket.; Seller Inventory # 0306138
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1992. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First UK Edition.. Larry Brown (1951-2004) was one of the most interesting of the new generation of "Southern writers." He lived in Faulkner's home town, and his characters were definitely from the Snopes side of town. His early death is a true loss to literature. This is a Fine copy of the First English Edition, published a year after the American, in a Fine, unclipped dustwrapper. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 001119
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