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The Death of Sweet Mister

The Death of Sweet Mister

A Novel

Shug Akins is a lonely, overweight thirteen-year-old boy. His mother, Glenda, is the one person who loves him–she calls him Sweet Mister and attempts to boost his confidence and give him hope for his future. Shuggie’s purported father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises the boy. Into this small-town Ozarks mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce, with his shiny green T-bird and his smart city clothes. When he and Glenda begin a torrid affair, a series of violent events is inevitably set in motion. The outcome will break your heart.

“This is Daniel Woodrell’s third book set in the Ozarks and, like the other two, Give Us a Kiss and Tomato Red, it peels back the layers from lives already made bare by poverty and petty crime.” –Otto Penzler, “Penzler Pick, 2001”
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Genre: Fiction / Fiction / Literary

On Sale: April 24th 2012

Price: $19.98

ISBN-13: 9781611135046

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Praise

"[Woodrell] has achieved near mastery of style: language, plot, characterization and theme mesh with a seamless power."—Michael Anderson, New York Times Book Review
"A fiery, poetic, hair-raising novel."—Bret Israel, Los Angeles Times
"The plot, tawdry in the abstract, is transformed by Woodrell's gallows humour and his rendering of Shug's voice, part Huck Finn, part Holden Caulfield."—Bharat Tandon, Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)
"A dark, disturbing beauty of a story . . . Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed."—Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain