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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Tom Franklin

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Title:Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel
Authors:Tom Franklin
Info:William Morrow (2010), Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Hardcover, 288 pages
Collections:Your library, To read, Read but unowned
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Tags:in 2011, fiction, review copy, read 2012, C21, anglophone

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (2010)

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    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (pdebolt)
    pdebolt: There is a similar poignancy to Larry Ott and Owen Meany as they struggle to find their place in their worlds.
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    Paris Trout by Pete Dexter (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Both books take place in the south, though in different states. The underlying racial tone is very similar.
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    A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne (aliklein)
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    In the Heat of the Night by John Ball (VictoriaPL)
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Character-study mystery focusing on life in a small town ( )
  nospi | Feb 7, 2016 |
decent plot. I found the second half of the book to move at a much more pleasant pace. The beginning was a bit slow and almost gave up on it. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
decent plot. I found the second half of the book to move at a much more pleasant pace. The beginning was a bit slow and almost gave up on it. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Not sure what all the hype was about; another "coming of age" book. Nothing new, I kind of had it figured out in the first quarter of the book. Maybe I'm too old and have read too many books. The plots are getting too easy to figure out. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
Not sure what all the hype was about; another "coming of age" book. Nothing new, I kind of had it figured out in the first quarter of the book. Maybe I'm too old and have read too many books. The plots are getting too easy to figure out. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
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If you're looking for a smart, thoughtful novel that sinks deep into a Southern hamlet of the American psyche, "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" is your next book.
added by eereed | editWashington Post, Ron Charles (Sep 29, 2010)
 
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M, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, humpback, humpback, I.

—How southern children are taught to spell Mississippi
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For Jeff Franklin
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in loving memory
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Julie Fennelly Trudo
For Jeff Franklin and in loving memory of Julie Fennelly Trudo
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The Rutherford girl had been missing for eight days when Larry Ott returned home and found a monster waiting in his house.
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"...set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county-and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town. More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades" --Publisher description.… (more)

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