Set against the backdrop of the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love, from Tom Franklin, the acclaimed author of the New York Times best-seller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and award-winning poet Beth Ann Fennelly.
The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson. Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who'd been on the trail of a local bootlegger, they are astonished to find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene.
Ingersoll, an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the infant a home, and his search leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver. A strong woman married too young to a philandering charmer, Dixie Clay has lost a child to illness and is powerless to resist this second chance at motherhood. From the moment they meet, Ingersoll and Dixie Clay are drawn to each other. He has no idea that she's the best bootlegger in the county and may be connected to the agents' disappearance. And while he seems kind and gentle, Dixie Clay knows full well that he is an enemy who can never be trusted.
When Ingersoll learns that a saboteur might be among them, planning a catastrophe along the river that would wreak havoc in Hobnob, he knows that he and Dixie Clay will face challenges and choices that they will be fortunate to survive. Written with extraordinary insight and tenderness, The Tilted World is that rarest of creations, a story of seemingly ordinary people who find hope and deliverance where they least expect it - in each other.
©2013 Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I LOVED it.
I am about to say something that I have never written in a review. I am sad I only had 5 stars to give it.
The Tilted World is an epic novel set against the dynamic backdrop of The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Being raised a Yankee, I have NEVER previously heard about this event in American History. Living in the day where tomorrow morning’s news shows will be on location at tonight’s disaster, it’s hard to imagine that there once was a time when no one showed up to such a catastrophic event especially in the light of long advanced warnings.
One of the other greatest books I read this year was Tom Franklin’s, Crooked Letter Crooked Letter. Finding that wonderful book was blind luck. I now have him dialed in, for in my opinion, as a writer he is close to perfection. Because of that, I did not read the synopsis given by the publisher before purchasing or starting this novel. Afterwards when I did, I felt fortunate that I was spared. The summary is too detailed and would take away from the suspense and surprise.
In Tilted World Franklin teams up with poet wife, Beth Ann Fennelly for their first combined book. What a melodious match it is. It’s magical. I am betting that she had a close relationship with the Dixie character for the words given her and the forest were so elegantly versed and imaginative. The mind numbing descriptive phrases throughout just give this work an added layer that I so appreciate. I was completely absorbed in this book throughout. The story is engulfing with lots of twists and turns. Normally I avoid multiple authors. This is a fine pairing.
Brian D’arcy James did a fabulous narration performance. He transported me to a different time and space. Yes, he has a few “text to speech” type issues with numbers towards the end that should have been caught in editing.
The only thing necessary to tell you about the story is that a great historical flood is about to come to small area of Mississippi. There are heroes as well has opportunists and antagonists. There’s romance, strife, endurance, conflict and a baby.
Seriously, do you really need more?
A prehistoric musician and songwriter from the Boston area. I like "Regular Guy" books. Historical Fiction, Adventure, Detective Noir, etc.
The thing I enjoyed most about this book is that it makes you actually care about and even worry about the characters in the story. With this story the reader gets to gain some historical insight about the south in the year 1927.
All of them were memorable, but Ted Ingersoll was my kind of guy.
Great narration and articulation, various voices.
If you want a good story, memorable characters, and a sense of history during prohibition and what can happen in a natural disaster, this is for you. I think this book would make a great movie. I'd love to see this story on the big screen.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
Depth to the characters.
The story was interesting and the characters had depth. There were pieces that drug a bit but the book was more good than bad.
I bought this audiobook because I really liked most of Tom Franklin's early work, particularly his short story collection. I am a little worried that the early promise is falling short, although I admit that my expectations may be too high, or unrealistic.
This story is driven so hard by historical events, it seems to me, that the characters themselves are slaves to those events and are not really free to become real people (as opposed to fictional characters, which they do become). I think the plot is driven too often by the need to reach a certain end, and not by the logic of the characters themselves. You can see the events coming too far in advance. The storytelling itself is certainly credible and makes you want to continue listening, but the fact that the characters are flimsy disappoints.
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