A story of love and loss, hope and despair, God and whiskey, barbecue and the blues, this book marks the emergence of a vital new voice in American fiction
LaVerne Williams is a reformed felon, ex-ballplayer, and owner of Kansas City's best barbecue joint. Ferguson Glen is an Episcopal priest, faded literary star, and a lover of God, women, and liquor—but not necessarily in that order. Their lives intersect at LaVerne's diner—"Smoke Meat," as the regulars call it. There they are joined by a cast of remarkable characters, including LaVerne's devoted right-hand man, A.B. Clayton; blues legend "Mother" Mary Weaver; and Sammy Merzeti, a young man with a bloody past—and a bloodier future. An epic redemption tale and the story of two men coming to terms with their pasts, this is also a funny and soulful novel about faith, race, storytelling, bourbon, the language of rabbits, and the finer points of barbecue technique.
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Doug Worgul is a former newspaper journalist and magazine editor and a nationally recognized authority on the history and cultural significance of American barbecue traditions. He lives in Kansas City.Review:
"...an intriguing bunch of picaresque characters." Choice Magazine
"Like the good food holding these stories together, you can’t believe your luck when you sit down before a full plate. Doug Worgul has done what all great writers strive to do: make you crave for more." Rajiv Joseph, playwright, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”
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Book Description Pan Macmillan, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0230743382
Book Description Pan Macmillan, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110230743382