"Grim and raw and hilarious."—The New York Times
During the night of a storm, an Appalachian girl delivers a baby and disappears. Next morning, Raymond Toker finds the baby under a bush and takes to the mountain roads to find her a home. While Turner carries out his quest, the child's father, Truman, with "teeth as rotten as his soul," drives his battered car along the same paths.
Leon Rooke is a novelist, short story writer, editor, and critic. He has published twenty-eight books, nearly three hundred short stories, and is the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature.
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Leon Rooke is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, editor and critic. He was born in rural North Carolina, but has been a resident of Canada for many years. He has published 28 books, and nearly 300 short stories have been published. Over the course of his career, Leon Rooke has been writer-in-residence at numerous North American universities, including the University of Victoria, Southwest Minnesota State University and the University of Toronto. Rooke is also the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the Canada-Australia Literary Prize (1981), the Governor General's Award for English Language Fiction for Shakespeare´s Dog (1985), and the North Carolina Award for Literature (1990).From Publishers Weekly:
Like the mountain storm that opens his latest novel, Rooke's language is a riotous, tumultuous force of nature. His hillbilly characters possess a similar intensity in this bawdy, serious novel that is part allegory, part morality play and completely riveting. The night of the storm, a young mountain girl delivers a baby daughter and disappears. Next morning, Raymond Toker finds the baby under a laurel bush and takes to the mountain roads to find her a home. While Turner carries out his quest, the child's father, Truman, with teeth as rotten as his soul, drives his battered, laden car along those same paths. Also inhabiting this dark, debris-strewn landscape are three old men who recall Macbeth's Weird Sisters; the retarded, clairvoyant sister of the baby's missing mother; a blind man who knows much more than he sees; and an attractive, solitary woman recently returned to the house where, as a child, she'd witnessed her father hang her older brother. With forceful, rhythmic dialogue that only rarely departs from true, Rooke ( Shakespeare's Dog ) follows Toker and Truman to their fitting ends, his heavy hand with grotesqueries and somewhat monotone plot line redeemed by the momentum of his prose.
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Descrizione libro Knopf, 1990. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1st Us Edition. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0394585410