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Biloxi

A Novel
Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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Mary Miller seizes the mantle of Southern literature with this wry tale of middle age and the unexpected turns a life can take. 

Like her predecessors Ann Beattie and Raymond Carver, Mary Miller brings an essential voice to her generation. Building on her critically acclaimed novel The Last Days of California and her biting collection Always Happy Hour, Miller slyly transports listeners to her unapologetic corner of the South - this time, Biloxi, Mississippi, home to 63-year-old Louis McDonald, Jr. His wife of 37 years left him, his father has passed - and he has impulsively retired from his job in anticipation of an inheritance check that may not come. In the meantime, he watches reality television, sips beer, and avoids his ex-wife and daughter. 

One day, he stops at a house advertising free dogs and meets overweight mixed-breed Layla. Unexpectedly, Louis takes her, and, newly invigorated, begins investigating local dog parks and buying extra bologna. Mining the absurdities of life with her signature "droll minimalist's-eye view of America" (Joyce Carol Oates), Biloxi affirms Miller's place in contemporary literature.

©2019 Mary Miller (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Real and not very likable character

When all is said and done, I admire the author’s deep dive into the psyche of a 65-year-old man. It is as if he wrote it himself. The man is not just flawed. For me, his flaws were too numerous to make him enjoyable. His love for his dog was laudable. It just wasn’t enough.

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  • John
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  • 08-07-19

Awesome!

Hooray for this triumphant and convincing first-person narrative! Loved every second of this novel. The narration is spot on! I have never laughed out loud so many times listening or reading a book, well maybe not since A Confederacy of Dunces...Mary has made the everyday into the spiritual...She shows us how the human heart can change and evolve subtly. Her approach hovers somewhere between Larry Brown and Richard Ford...with the wit of John Kennedy O’tool. Delicious!