Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter [E–pub/E–book]

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review Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter 100 In rural Mississippi Larry Ott and Silas Jones were unlikely boyhood friends Ott was the ch. M I crooked letter crooked letter I crooked letter crooked letter I humpback humpback I How southern children are taught to spell Mississippi Tom FranklinMy wife s family is from Prentiss Mississippi not far from where the action of this book takes place When my wife s grandmother died a few years ago we went down for the funeral This was my first time in Mississippi and I remember a couple of things about the experience First this is small town USA and there were two funeral homes One for black people and one for white people When you ain t from around there you might accidently go to the wrong oneAfter the funeral we ended up back at grandmother s for a meal The women stayed out in the kitchen except for when they were bringing food around or filling up my ice tea I swear my ice tea never got than inch down from the rim The men asked me uestions One thing they were really concerned about was how the South was perceived by a Yankee such as myself I trotted out my bona fide that my gg grandfather Keeten was a Confederate soldier from Virginia To people in Mississippi Virginia is Northern so that bought me barely a dollop of legitimacy My wife had warned me not to be outspoken politically These weren t blue dog Democrats but deep red Mississippi mud Republicans and so I skated over the issues that I knew would cause a ruckus They insisted to me how much Mississippi had changed as if I were an ambassador from the North and would go home and tell everyone that the South has become progressive I agree no doubt the South had progressed in the last 150 years The people were super Everyone I met was sincere and every sentence was scented with Southern charm but two different funeral homes tells me that the South still has some wrinkles that need smoothed out I loved my time down there and can t wait to take a family vacation through Mississippi Alabama and Georgia I know I know I m supposed to be writing a book review not reminiscing There is something about reading books set in the South that makes me want to tell stories In junior high I was the kid that ordered too many books from Scholastic I can still feel the shame reddening my neck and my cheeks as I walked up to the teacher s desk to get my book stack that was larger than the rest of the class put together I was only someone s best friend when they needed help with their homework So I did identify with the feelings of ostracization that Larry Ott was feeling in this novel I was undersized too one of the smallest guys in my class I wore glasses and scurried around like a rabbit between classes Small towns are tough and small schools are even tougher There is no escape In big schools you can blend in better and also with a larger population you increase your chances in finding a freak like yourself When people extol the virtues of their small school system I always think to myself they re great if your kid is designated normal Larry Ott gets accused of a crime a girl is missing He is in the frame People aren t accusing him just because he is weird Circumstantial evidence does make him a legitimate suspect The problem is when he is cleared of all charges the town does not forget Another person maybe a person that sat at the cool kids table could have moved on with their lives with only a passing reference to the unfortunate circumstances Not Larry not Scary Larry Unfortunately for Larry the people of his small town America did not like him He had been weighed and measured and found to be too weird When another girl goes missing Larry is the number one suspect because what lingers in everyone s mind is the unfinished business from the first missing girl Sympathy for his plight is not offered He is as he has been his whole life alone Silas 32 Jones is the closest Larry ever had to a friend Their lives are entwined in a way that neither boy is fully aware of yet there are phantom ghosts of information at the periphery of their consciousness that as facts are revealed they don t uestion the results They realize they ve always known When Larry lends Silas a rifle Silas becomes his friend for a short while Silas likes the stories that Larry tells him from the pages of Stephen King but refuses to even try to read a book It is too much like school work When Silas becomes a star short stop known as 32 by everyone Larry is just an embarrassment to him Silas will look back with than a little regret that he didn t lay a friendly hand on Larry s shoulder or ask him to join in social activities He was uniuely positioned to change Larry s life forever His gift of athleticism empowered him to bring Larry into the social group His offer of friendship would have forced people to see Larry differently By some uirk of fate I started growing By the time I got to high school I had evolved from being one of the shortest people in my class to being the tallest person in my class As it turned out I was coordinated enough to play sports and did well Like Silas when people would see me in the local diner or on the street or in the hallway they would call out my jersey number 12 The people I needed so desperately when I was so lonely all of a sudden were my best friends It was simply ridiculous I can score twenty points in a basketball game and miraculously I am cured of being the number one class freak Growing up I was Silas and Larry I understand all too well their fallacies and their insecurities I felt Larry s burning shame as if my own cheeks were inflamed I felt Silas s guilt as if it were resting on my own shoulders Franklin keyed into elements that I have given a lot of thought to I can tell from reading other reviews that this book had a profound impact on people It certainly made me plow over old ground My one complaint is that I feel that Franklin could have put meat on the bone It does not have the complexity of a book that I could wholeheartedly agree is a modern classic I really enjoyed another book by Franklin called Hell at the BreechIf you wish to 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review Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter 100 Ild of lower middle class white parents Jones the son of a poor single black mother But whe. Gorgeous Gorgeous and dripping with emotion and acheThis story OWNED ME from the opening page and LARRY OTT is among the most endearing heart wrenching characters I ve come across in a long long time That I connected so well with both the story and its main character surprised me because being born and raised in Vegas my own life experience is so vastly different from both Larry and the town of Chabot Mississippi where the story takes place I give heaping mounds of credit to author Tom Franklin for making this alien world come alive for me Larry Ott is a 41 year old caucasian man living alone in his parents house in Chabot MS where he eats mostly McDonald s and KFC by himself owns an auto repair shop with no local customers and loves loves loves to read especially Horror novels of which Stephen King is his favorite The reason for the above two parentheticals is that Larry is the town pariah 25 years ago when Larry was 16 a high school girl named Cindy Walker disappeared while on a date with Larry While Larry was never arrested or formally accused of a crime his reputation as the weird horror book reading loner was enough to earn him a guilty verdict and a permanent shunning from the town Larry feels this isolation down in his bones and Franklin casual matter of fact description of it sliced right through me Now Larry spends his days working in a shop with no customers living alone with his chickens and having no visitors except for i drunk teenagers throwing bottles at his house and ii the County Investigator Roy French harassing him whenever a crime occurs Beyonf that Larry just sort of floats through the days even treating his house as if he were only a guest He acted like a curator keeping the rooms clean answering the mail and paying bills turning on the television at the right times and smiling with the laugh tracks eating his McDonald s or Kentucky Fried Chicken to what the networks presented him and then sitting on his front porch as the day bled out of the trees across the field and night settled in each different each teh same That s Larry s life Silas 32 Jones is the African American Constable of Chabot MS and the sole law enforcement officer in the area Silas was a high school baseball star with dreams of going pro until injury cut his prospects short For a brief time in high school Silas and Larry were friends However since the disappearance of Cindy Walker Silas has avoided all contact with Scary Larry Ott Silas is another damaged man with lots of baggage of his own Silas often regrets the way he and the town treat Larry but has become trapped in his own circumstances and is too weak to change Viewed as a local hero his days while better than Larry s are spent writing tickets directing traffic and acting as a glorified meter maid The town of Chabot is another amazing character in this story and Franklin s charming understated prose is perfect I listened to the audiobook and by the time you hear his words they ve already vaporized and settled onto your brain like a flower scented mist of small time life His descriptions of Chabot and its slow small town death are magical and precisely what they should be He passed a clothing store that had gone so long without customers it d briefly become a vintage clothing store without changing stock There s also a whole supporting cast of interesting well drawn southern folks who come across as varying shades of good and bad In other words normal people and Franklin s unobtrusive prose has you able to visualize each one after spending only a few minutes with them In fact the atmosphere of the book the feel of the characters and the pace and tone of the narrative reminded me a lot of To Kill a Mockingbird which is high praise indeed as it is one of my all time favorites However where Atticus Finch made you wish you were his son Larry Ott will break your heart and make you long to be his friend For all that this is NOT a depressingly morose sob story though I did tear up than once This lack of melodrama is the true gift of Franklin s novel I don t know how he did it but despite the often crushing sadness that follows Larry around and how sorry you feel for him from deep in your soul Larry never wallows in his trials and the story never becomes overtly sentimental It is a joy to follow Larry going through his day and you just keep hoping things get better for him As far as the main thrust of the narrativeWhen another girl disappears all fingers point towards Scary Larry and Silas is put in charge of the investigation Through a series of lengthy flashbacks we are taken back through the childhoods of both main characters their eventful meeting and brief friendship and the tragic events surrounding the previous disappearance that forever changed their lives At its heart this is the story of Larry and Silas and how circumstances personal dreams and other peoples perceptions can create barriers that are difficult to overcome It s a story of good and evil persecution and redemption friendship and betrayal secrets and truths It s a story of life and one of those rare books that make you feel the world around you I know I am gushing so I will just end by saying60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONPS If you have the opportunity to listen to the audio version of this read by Kevin Kenerly take it His narration was masterful and fits the narrative like a glove

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review Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter 100 N a teenage girl disappeared after a date with Larry their friendship was irrevocably broke. Oh small town rural America why must you scare me so Why must this book written about you kill something inside me with every page Why does it and you by proxy need to crush me with loneliness and sadness and desperation This is a profoundly sad book about sadness in life which is sad And I m not even being a brat here when I say that There s nothing about this story that s even remotely optimistic even the uasi hopeful ending is very sad if you think about itAnd why wouldn t it be sad The background for the story is uite melancholic uite depressing really Set in a tiny Mississippi town that is slowly dying in the heart of poverty and little hope for the future the story is full of racial tension prejudice bigotry hatred misogyny and all the other little petty evils that lurk in the hearts of people Like Stephen King the author oh so freuently referenced in this book view spoilerseriously Tom Franklin You have complete disregard for any spoilers in Salem s Lot don t you hide spoiler


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    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter [E–pub/E–book] read & download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß Tom Franklin What does it say about a person when their mother feels the need for prayer they find a friend? Scary Larry Ott won't blame you if yo

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    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter [E–pub/E–book] Gorgeous Gorgeous and dripping with emotion and acheThis story OWNED ME from the opening page and LARRY OTT is among the most endearing heart wrenching characters I've come across in a long long time That I connected so well with both the story and its main character surprised me because being born and raised in Vegas my own life experience

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    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter [E–pub/E–book] Worst first date ever Poor Larry Ott the bookish kid the weak one a smallish white boy the bully target at school takes out the girl of his dreams returns home alone and gets blamed for her presumed rape and murder Decades later ostracized by the town living alone in the same house he grew up in tending his late abusive f

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    read & download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß Tom Franklin Tom Franklin ß 0 review Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter [E–pub/E–book] Poor Larry Ott He's a beautiful

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    characters Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Tom Franklin ß 0 review Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter [E–pub/E–book] So often when I read a book I cannot wait to talk about it eager to hear other people's takes and share my own thoughts but sometimes as in life the unexpected occurs  A book has been read all right and it affected me but still I need to let it rest a while need to think on it recover from itI found myself looking back

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    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter [E–pub/E–book] Oh small town rural America why must you scare me so? Why must this book written about you kill something inside me with every page?

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    Tom Franklin ß 0 review read & download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß Tom Franklin Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter [E–pub/E–book] 5 Stars An Atmospheric Dark Character Driven novel that Got me and Got me Good Larry Ott You Break My Heart In High School Larry Ott

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    characters Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Tom Franklin ß 0 review read & download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß Tom Franklin The Rutherford girl had been missing for eight days when Larry Ott returned home and found a monster waiting in his houseThis book grabbed me from the beginning and never let go I was mesmerized by the rural Missi

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  • Paperback
  • 318
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
  • Tom Franklin
  • English
  • 07 May 2019
  • 9780330533560