A Miracle of Catfish

A Miracle of Catfish

A Novel in Progress

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Describes a year in the lives of four men: Cortez Sharp, a farmer with a terrible secret; gambler Tommy Bright; Cleve, a black neighbor whose daughter is involved with an unworthy man; and Jimmy, a child born to a man beyond redemption.

Blackwell North Amer
Larry Brown has been a force in American literature since taking critics by storm with his debut collection, Facing the Music, in 1988. His subsequent work—five novels, another story collection, and two books of nonfiction—continued to bring extraordinary praise and national attention to the writer New York Newsday called a "master."

In November 2004, Brown sent the nearly completed manuscript of his sixth novel to his literary agent. A week later, he died of a massive heart attack. He was fifty-three years old.

A Miracle of Catfish is that novel. Brown's trademarks—his raw detail, pared-down prose, and characters under siege—are all here.

This beautiful, heartbreaking anthem to the writer's own North Mississippi land and the hard-working, hard-loving, hard-losing men it spawns is the story of one year in the lives of five characters—an old farmer with a new pond he wants stocked with baby catfish; a bankrupt fish pond stocker who secretly releases his forty-pound brood catfish into the farmer's pond; a little boy from the trailer home across the road who inadvertently hooks the behemoth catfish; the boy's inept father; and a former convict down the road who kills a second time to save his daughter.

That Larry Brown died so young, and before he could see A Miracle of Catfish published, is a tragedy. That he had time to enrich the legacy of his work with this remarkable book is a blessing.


Baker
& Taylor

The final novel by the late author of Dirty Work and Facing the Music describes a single year in the lives of four men--including Cortez Sharp, a farmer with a terrible secret; gambler Tommy Bright; Cleve, a black neighbor whose daughter is involved with an unworthy man; and Jimmy, a child born to a man beyond redemption.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565125360
1565125363
Branch Call Number: FICTION BROWN
Characteristics: 455 p

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