Sunday, October 13, 2013

2013 book 269

Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly's The Tilted World
It's 1927 in small-town Mississippi, during the Great Flood and prohibition and all that stuff--and this historical detail here is great and really makes the time and place come alive. Things mainly revolve around Dixie Clay, a bootlegger (who does the cooking for her awful husband, who runs the business), and Ingersoll, one of a pair of federal agents investigating the area. Then Ingersoll finds an orphaned baby and gives it to Dixie to raise and immediately falls in love with her, or something. From there, the bones of the story are pretty obvious--with a few surprises--and there's a fair amount of telling instead of showing. It's just a little bit less subtle than I personally would have liked, especially from the author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. I think there are a lot of people who would love this, it just wasn't quite there for me. B.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book is available now.

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