Wednesday, July 13, 2011

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Interesting Books to Your Attention Storm - A Novella eBook: Christopher Cook: Kindle Store: "How does a boy become a man in the Deep South?

Not without a struggle.

This powerful novella of a young boy and his extended family in rural East Texas is reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner both in the psychological complexity of its storytelling and in the music of its language. There is the boy and the stoic grandfather he worships, the vivacious mother he loves, the emotionally distant unemployed father he both admires and aches for, and the two violent uncles (“half man and half beast”) he fears. In that conflicted setting, the boy wonders what it means to be a man, if he can ever become one, or even if he wants to. After an unexpected killing occurs, the undercurrent of suspense builds to a climactic ending that is both highly dramatic and emotionally charged."


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip. As you probably know, Christopher Cook wrote "Robbers", a great book set in Austin and East Texas with a unique way of writing, I thought.

Unknown said...

Yes, I did a signing with him when that one came out. Good book.