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Publisher's Summary

Larry Brown is hailed as one of today's most talented Southern writers. With the release of each book, including Dirty Work, Father and Son, and Joe, reviewers and fans offer increasingly enthusiastic praise for the astonishing characters he creates.

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.

©2000 Larry Brown (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Rick
  • Garland, TX, USA
  • 03-19-04

Slack Jaw Entertainment

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Morris
  • Brownsville, , TX, USA
  • 04-08-04

Fay

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Gene
  • Agoura Hills, CA, USA
  • 03-22-04

Better than run of the mill

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
  • 04-12-04

Average story

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Carl
  • Corinth, MS
  • 03-14-04

Fay

True and realist writing of life of the in the South. Holds your attention through out the book. Well written

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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another Stellar book by Larry Brown!

I really enjoyed this book by author Larry Brown. I look forward two the next!

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  • LA
  • 08-19-17

horrible waste of time

I kept trying but gave up on the endless stream of drinking and uselessness.

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  • J
  • 06-10-15

I might listen to the rest.

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.

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  • Ross
  • Naples, ME, USA
  • 10-04-05

A long build up with a disappointing finish

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.

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  • Mary
  • Newbury Park, CA, USA
  • 04-19-04

Fay

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.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Fay
  • 10-07-09

Holiday reading

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.