Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin – Read it.

June 20, 2011 at 3:32 am Leave a comment

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, Published in 2010

So for all intents and purposes this is a mystery.  But, it is also about race, classism, and good ole’ fashioned assumptions. Larry is a not only white-trash but a nerd and an awkward teenager who takes a girl on a date in high school and she disappears. Years later, another girl disappears close to his property. Silas, who knew Larry in high school, is investigating the new disappearance – mainly for reasons of guilt and duty.  Larry has spent the last 20 plus years ostracized and living a heartbreaking, lonely existence praying nightly for a friend. Silas proves to be that friend though maybe not in the way Larry had foreseen.

What makes this book brilliant is not the “who done it” aspect but rather the quiet way the author addresses the undercurrent of class and race in Mississippi without the usual repetitive brow-beating used by other authors.  He is able to work it into the framework of the story without being preachy or stepping on the flow of the story.  His ability to describe the small town setting and the loneliness of Larry’s life is compelling.  I was happily surprised by this author and look forward to reading his other work.

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