Tomato Red

Tomato Red

Book - 2012
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A sharp and funny addition to Daniel Woodrell's collection of "country noir" novels, featuring anti-hero Sammy Barlach and Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition.

In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you're born in Venus Holler, you're not much. For Jamalee Merridew, Venus Holler just won't cut it. Jamalee sees her brother Jason, blessed with drop-dead gorgeous looks and the local object of female obsession, as her ticket out of town. But Jason may just be gay, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks that is the most dangerous and courageous thing a man could be.

Enter Sammy Barlach, a loser ex-con passing through a tired nowhere on the way to a fresher nowhere. Jamalee thinks Sammy is just the kind of muscle she and Jason need.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Back Bay paperback ed
ISBN: 9780316206211
0316206210
Branch Call Number: F Woodrell
Characteristics: xiii, 188 pages ;,22 cm

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PearlyBaker
Sep 30, 2017

I am freaking out because ever since I got this dad-blasted Doctorate of Divinity, on occasion someone actually asks me to perform a wedding. Thank God I haven't been asked to do a funeral yet. I don't think I would be able to "go easy" as one of my clients says every time we pass a cop. So I thought I'd write a few book reviews to ease the sheer, overwhelming, unbelievably terrifying panic. This book was so good that I was honestly mad when it ended. Two of the best pieces of prose I ever laid eyes on were in this book and one mentioned a town I hate to this day because of the time they locked me up for a piece. "It shined like a Shreveport pimp's favorite teeth." And "They're the kind of people you'd like to meet sometime and leave in the trunk of a car at the airport." You just don't come by that kind of raw honesty in the real world.

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uncommonreader
Jun 12, 2013

This is a story of a brother (who is gay) and a sister who want to escape from the Ozarks and their lives. It is narrated by a "loser" who is passing through. The author's voice is still a little self-conscious but the seeds of "Death of Sweet Mister" and "Winter's Bone" are evident.

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ndp21f
May 25, 2010

The part of this mess I really, really can't cut is the part where the price is put on our heads. That's a creepy sensation, see, to know there's a price on your head in dollars and it's kind of awful low.

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