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Carolyn

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  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (882)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Well Written - Darn Depressing"
    Overall

    Mr. Franklin has a thorough knowlege of the rural, post integration south. Having said that, his characters make David Copperfield seem like privileged youth. He has drawn my compassion quota almost over the top. I believe the basis of the book is abuse of children of both races and its consequences. John Wayne Gacey is both the name of a character's dog and, a glimpse of the depravity that can grow in a neglected and abused young person. This is not a novel for the sensitive.
    The two main characters of this book will haunt me which is I suspect, the mark of a good author.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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