At 17, Fay Jones leaves her family's squalid home with $3 in her bra and ragged sneakers on her feet. As she heads for Biloxi, people befriend her (a policeman, his wife, a bouncer) but her impact on their lives is seductive and unpredictable. Beautiful and naive, Fay becomes the catalyst in a chain reaction of desire and violence. Her journey provides unflinching snapshots of the South, from beaches to bar rooms. Wherever she lands, though, Fay is fueled by a deep-rooted will to survive. Narrator Tom Stechschulte voices every nuance of this unforgettable young woman's personality and her transient, often brutal, world.
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"Stechschulte's performance in this dialogue-rich Mississippi-based novel is breathtaking." (AudioFile)
"A work of grizzled beauty." (USA Today)
"A new voice of the south." (Time Magazine)
Slack jaw entertainment! Larry Brown is a uninhibited writer for this book. I found complete interest the entire book. I can't say that identify with the main character Fay but, her naive ignorance is endearing. I felt like I was listening to good trashy gossip. Ha! This book is not for everyone. Most will enjoy it greatly. Buy this little known story!
An excellent read! Knowing this area of the deep south and its peoples brings back stark memories of the poverty, the gentleness of its people [Sam] as-well-as the meanness as in the character Aaron. This is a telling story of rural Mississippi.
Follow a beautiful but ignorant 17-year-old as she escapes from her poor family into a kind of paradise with a policeman and his wife, and is ejected from paradise into a kind of hell of strip joints and whores. The most intriguing character in the book is the strip club bouncer, of incredible strength, capable of gentleness and great cruelty. The story is absorbing while it lasts but without lasting impact. It is well read.
Fay is an uninspired story of a wayward teen. Yes, you've probably heard similar storys and imagined a few yourself. Quite predictable, trys to be shocking but fails. Good enough to hold your interest through the story but not much better than that.
The characters are well developed. I enjoy Browns style of writing. I went thru a range of emotional response while listening to this. I enjoyed Farther and Son a little more. The film adapted from "Joe" was enjoyable as well.
Until the very end, I thought this book was a fairly interesting "slice of life", despite the frequently absurdly long-winded descriptive sequences. The book could have been decreased by at least half if the author did not describe everything everyone did in such MINUTE detail! I think the narrator did a fairly good job of creating the voices, although he made the main character sound very whiny and simpering. To be fair, a male narrator re-creating a young girl's voice must have been difficult. The fact that drinking and driving was commonplace, even by the law enforcement officers involved, bothered me a bit. Drinking was such a theme in this book that it became boring. After listening to it for the whole 15+ hours, I was extremely disappointed at the ending. It seemed like the author decided the book was long enough and was at a loss at how to end it. I don't recommend it.
I liked this book less than any book I've ever read or listened to. All the characters are either drinking or having sex or thinking about drinking or having sex. There was only one likable character, and it wasn't Fay.
This book reads like the male author's ultimate sexual fantasy.
It relies on the disadvantages of the socio-economic position that women can find themselves in and exploits it to the extreme. He uses these themes to make the women in the book look desperate, in need of saving, stupid and walking sex machines.
Same with the men.He makes them heaving, violent walking erections. It's not fair for either gender. There are no real connections between the characters except sex and violence which makes it feel hallow. I found myself rolling my eyes the entire time.
Had Fay's backstory been examined more or had she been made to be a fighter/ problem solver - perhaps this would have been a good story. The author tried to be a real writer with the Barbra/candy and gasoline truck fire events but... it really doesn't work. It's pointless unless you're going to expand those themes.
As it stands, the story is this: some saucy little CHILD needs saving constantly. Who knows, maybe that's what you're into. Frankly, I have a brain.
I do not think that I will even finish this story. The writing is contrived and the characters lack depth. This will be the first audible book I have not finished!
I bought this Audiobook to listen to during a recent holiday to Corfu and also because the title character has the same name as myself! I was hooked straight away and could not wait to see what happened to Fay.
The title character was well built and I had great sympathy with her through her difficult times.
The only disappointment was the voice of the narrator, which was a little dificult to understand sometimes.
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