Publication Date: 17/06/2014 ISBN: 9781565120167 Category:

Music of the Swamp

Lewis Nordan

Publisher: Workman Publishing
Publication Date: 17/06/2014 ISBN: 9781565120167 Category:
Paperback / Softback

£10.99

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Description

Lewis Nordan tells of young Sugar Mecklin’s utterly helpless love for his utterly hopeless father. Sugar discovers what his daddy says is true, that “the Delta is filled up with death.” But he also discovers singing mice in his mattress, hears Elvis on the Philco, and dreams of mermaids in this world where “magic might prove once and for all to be true.”

Publisher Review

“Lordy, Lordy, can Lewis Nordan write! Horrible things happen, and horribly funny things, too, in the Delta town of Arrow Catcher, Miss.” –Los Angeles Times”A bittersweet melody syncopated with sadness relieved by moments of all-too-human comedy . . . ‘There is great pain in all love, ‘ Sugar eventually concludes, ‘but we don’t care, it’s worth it.’ Mr. Nordan’s enchanting Music of the Swamp bears poignant witness to that truth.” –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Conjures up a Southern-fried childhood that’s as dark, hilarious, and affecting as any you’re likely to encounter.” –The Cleveland Plain Dealer “Lewis Nordan is one of those Southern writers who provoke a cringe of pain right after the belly laugh. [His books] are very funny and deep-down sad, stirring up great heaps of emotion.” –New York Newsday “Nordan introduces a group of characters as wild and woolly, as unpredictable, outrageous and violence-prone as the land that spawns them.” –Chicago Tribune “This is not merely a stellar book. It is absolute ballad put to page, a stunning composition about the awakening of young Sugar Mecklin to a mystical world of fantasy, illusion, and harsh reality . . . Like a hypnotic Bessie Smith ballad, Nordan’s book bids you listen.” –Southern Living Lordy, Lordy, can Lewis Nordan write! Horrible things happen, and horribly funny things, too, in the Delta town of Arrow Catcher, Miss. Los Angeles Times A bittersweet melody syncopated with sadness relieved by moments of all-too-human comedy . . . There is great pain in all love, Sugar eventually concludes, but we don t care, it s worth it. Mr. Nordan s enchanting Music of the Swamp bears poignant witness to that truth. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Conjures up a Southern-fried childhood that s as dark, hilarious, and affecting as any you re likely to encounter. The Cleveland Plain Dealer Lewis Nordan is one of those Southern writers who provoke a cringe of pain right after the belly laugh. [His books] are very funny and deep-down sad, stirring up great heaps of emotion. New York Newsday Nordan introduces a group of characters as wild and woolly, as unpredictable, outrageous and violence-prone as the land that spawns them. Chicago Tribune This is not merely a stellar book. It is absolute ballad put to page, a stunning composition about the awakening of young Sugar Mecklin to a mystical world of fantasy, illusion, and harsh reality . . . Like a hypnotic Bessie Smith ballad, Nordan s book bids you listen. Southern Living” Lordy, Lordy, can Lewis Nordan write! Horrible things happen, and horribly funny things, too, in the Delta town of Arrow Catcher, Miss. Los Angeles Times A bittersweet melody syncopated with sadness relieved by moments of all-too-human comedy . . . There is great pain in all love, Sugar eventually concludes, but we don t care, it s worth it. Mr. Nordan s enchanting Music of the Swamp bears poignant witness to that truth. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Conjures up a Southern-fried childhood that s as dark, hilarious, and affecting as any you re likely to encounter. The Cleveland Plain Dealer Lewis Nordan is one of those Southern writers who provoke a cringe of pain right after the belly laugh. [His books] are very funny and deep-down sad, stirring up great heaps of emotion. New York Newsday Nordan introduces a group of characters as wild and woolly, as unpredictable, outrageous and violence-prone as the land that spawns them. Chicago Tribune This is not merely a stellar book. It is absolute ballad put to page, a stunning composition about the awakening of young Sugar Mecklin to a mystical world of fantasy, illusion, and harsh reality . . . Like a hypnotic Bessie Smith ballad, Nordan s book bids you listen. Southern Living”

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