Facing the Music, Larry Brown’s first book, was originally published in 1988 to wide critical acclaim. As the St. Petersburg Times review pointed out, the central theme of these ten stories “is the ageless collision of man with woman, woman with man--with the frequent introduction of that other familiar couple, drinking and violence. Most often ugly, love is nevertheless graceful, however desperate the situation.”
There’s some glare from the brutally bright light Larry Brown shines on his subjects. This is the work of a writer unafraid to gaze directly at characters challenged by crisis and pathology. But for readers who are willing to look, unblinkingly, along with the writer, there are unusual rewards.
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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.From Library Journal:
The stories in this collection by an able new talent are set in the South. The protagonist of the best piecesincluding the title story and a fine work entitled "Samaritans"is usually a boozy, middle-aged man who can't quite make sense of his life. Although Brown hails from Oxford, Mississippi, the hometown of William Faulkner, his laconic, matter-of-fact style resembles Raymond Carver's more than Faulkner's. Highly recommended. Paul Kaplan, Highland Park P.L., Ill.
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