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Crooked Letter Crooked Letter: A Novel (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Tom Franklin

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Title:Crooked Letter Crooked Letter: A Novel
Authors:Tom Franklin
Info:Avon (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 288 pages
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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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    The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy (fuzzy_patters)
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    A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne (aliklein)
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    Citrus County by John Brandon (GCPLreader)
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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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    In the Heat of the Night by John Ball (VictoriaPL)
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This book was a little slow getting started but then it got better about half way through. I think the story itself was interesting but I never got “attached” to any of the characters. ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
A slow moving mystery, we follow two men who were boyhood friends, one black and one white. Since the 1970s were not the time and Mississippi was not the place for such a friendship they had to keep it secret as they met in the woods. The black man, Silas nicknamed 32, went on to become a police officer and the white man followed his father and became a car mechanic. When Larry was accused of the murder of a young woman, Silas investigates quietly and unofficially to clear his friend.

Full of the anger and bigotry caused by poverty found the South, this book shows what can happen when the nature of a man, not his color, is appreciated and the truth can be revealed. ( )
  mamzel | Dec 29, 2016 |
Really did not see anything special about this at all. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
Unusual twists and turns make this a good book to read if u like southern fiction. Larry Ott and Silas Jones are friends ,sort of,. Larry is white and Silas is black. A crime is committed and the town blames Larry. Silas knows a lot about it be is now the Constable. Then another murder occurs and Larry is shot. Sooner or later the truth will come out with an unusual end. ( )
  pgabj | Sep 11, 2016 |
So well written! Rural Mississippi, in the late 70's but here it may as well be the late 50's. Hot, dusty, dangerous friendships.......a 5 Star read ( )
  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 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.
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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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