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New York. 1998. Henry Holt. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 225 pages. August 1998. hardcover. Jacket design by Raquel Jaramillo. 0805055770. keywords: Mystery America Ozarks Literature. inventory # 25765. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In small Ozark towns like West Table, Missouri, what you are is where you’re born. And if you’re born in the Venus Holler section of town, what you are isn’t much. For Bev Merridew, who can turn a trick as easily as she can roll a joint, life in Venus Holler is tolerable. For her nineteen-year-old daughter, Jamalee, a life guaranteed to be the replica of her mother’s isn’t good enough. With her tomato-red hair and her barely contained rage, she has plans, and they don’t include Venus Holler. What they do include - indeed, depend on - is her drop-dead beautiful brother, Jason. But Jason may just be a country queer, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks, that is about the most dangerous thing a man could be. Into their midst comes Sammy Barlach. With too many entries on his rap sheet, he’s passing through on his way to nowhere, looking to be a loser in new surroundings. Jamalee thinks he might be the muscle she and Jason need. WHAT THE CRJTTCS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT DANIEL WOODRELL - ‘Woodrell does for the Ozarks what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles or Elmore Leonard does for Florida. He does something else as well. Beyond the savory hill-tones, the bite, the warmth, the cadences that link the Appalachian tongue to an older English treasure, Woodrell is also writing pastoral, an invocation of green hills, red dirt, and sagging wooden structures in the hollows.’ - Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review. ‘Woodrell’s South, like his prose, is complex and ironic; it is as beautiful and full of love as it is violent and self-destructive; its people are as dynamic and hopeful as they are irrevocably bound and governed by their collective past.’ - Jamie Miller, The Bloomsbury Review. ‘If one is tempted to hear echoes of William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, or Andrew Lytle. no matter. Mr. Woodrell isn’t imitating any of them. He’s only drawing from the same well they did, but with a different take, a different voice, a sharper sense of irony.’ - Robert Houston, The New York Times Book Review. Bookseller Inventory # 25765
Title: Tomato Red
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
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