In Tupelo Nights, John Ed Bradley has transformed the archetypal coming-of-age story into a tale of savage beauty that readers will find impossible to forget.
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After a successful football career at LSU, John Girlie gives up his shot at the pros and returns home to Old Field and the peculiar characters who are his family and friends. Unlike his younger brother, Sam, who escapes home, John remains trapped in a near-incestuous relationship with their unstable mother. Only after he finds love does he eventually win his own freedom, but the price paid and his reactions to it leave the reader questioning his sincerity, strength, and maturity. This first novel unfortunately adds to the lore that the small-town South is primarily peopled by drunken, crooked politicians, foul-mouthed rednecks, and sexually frustrated neurotics. Not recommended. Judith A. Gifford, Salve Regina Coll. Lib., Newport, R.I.
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In a mournful first novel, the unfortunately named John Girlie is a former college football star who gives up a promising professional career to hang around his small Louisiana hometown and keep his mother company. PW found the author has a penchant for melodramatic gestures, but concluded, "there's no denying that Bradley is a writer of power and promise."
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140118993
Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140118993 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0961560