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Music of the Swamp

Nordan, Lewis

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ISBN 10: 0945575769 / ISBN 13: 9780945575764
Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, 1991
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Fiction; V/G ; V/G; 7.28 X 5.28 X 0.84 inches; 191 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 4798

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Title: Music of the Swamp

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Sugar, a little boy growing up in the 1950s, encounters death in its many forms as he discovers a dead man in the swamp, digs up a dead woman from under the house, and sits on a dead druggist in the drugstore

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“This is not merely a stellar book. It is absolute ballad put to page.”*

Lewis Nordan’s fiction invents its own world--always populated by madly heroic misfits. In Music of the Swamp, he focuses his magic and imagination on a boy’s utterly helpless love for his utterly hopeless father--a man who attracts bad luck like a magnet. Nordan evokes ten-year-old Sugar Mecklin’s world with dazzling clarity: the smells, the tastes, and most surely the sounds of life in this peculiar, somewhat bizarre, Delta town. Sugar discovers that what his daddy says is true: “The Delta is filled up with death”; but he also finds an endless supply of hope.

An ALA Notable Book
A Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction Award

“Conjures up a Southern-fried childhood that’s as dark, hilarious and affecting as any you’re likely to encounter.” ―The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Nordan provoke[s] a cringe of pain right after the belly laugh. His books . . . are very funny and deep-down sad, stirring up great heaps of emotion.” ―New York Newsday

“A bittersweet melody syncopated with sadness relieved by moments of all-too-human comedy . . . ‘There is great pain in all love,’ Sugar eventually concludes, ‘but we don’t care, it’s worth it.’ Mr. Nordan’s enchanting Music of the Swamp bears poignant witness to that truth.” ―The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Nordan introduces a group of characters as wild and woolly, as unpredictable, outrageous and violence-prone as the land that spawns them.” ―Chicago Tribune

“Like a hypnotic Bessie Smith ballad, Nordan’s book bids you listen.” ―*Southern Living

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