Tomato Red (Hardcover)
Sammy Barlach is a drifter with the words "fuck up" writ large upon him. He basically is a stray dog, blessed with brilliant turns of phrase, cursed with an abnormal degree of self-awareness, always on the lookout for "those that will have" him; in essence, he is trying to find a family. And in finding the Merridews, boy does he ever find one. This novel might offer the most succinct explanation of why those at the bottom can't climb their way up: they are all too busy clobbering each other.— Spiros
I was a kickaround mutt from Blue Knee, Arkansas, on my own slow ramble through sincere poverty and various spellbinding mishaps."That's the voice of Sammy Barlach, one of life's losers who sings the blues with acid sweetness and fated violence--another original from Dan Woodrell.
About the Author
Dan Woodrell is the author of five previous novels: Under the Bright Lights, Woe to Live On (to be filmed by director Ang Lee, adapted by James Shamus), Muscle for the Wing, The Ones You Do, and Give Us a Kiss--a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. He lives in Missouri.
"Dan Woodrell does for the Ozarks what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles." --Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
"Dan Woodrell can tell me stories any old time. He can come to my house, pull up a chair on the porch, pour himself a long drink of whatever it is he's fond of, scratch my dog between the ears and let fly. I don't know that I'll let him around my wife and daughter, though, unless he's closely supervised."--Pinckney Benedict, Washington Post
"Give Us a Kiss is a keeper. One of those choice, quirky, written pieces that sometimes makes you whistle because it is so good."--Bill Brashler, Chicago Tribune
"Fast action, a great deal of mayhem and a soup?on of sex. A good read, with salty dialogue, tough-guy prose, quick-sketched characters and sharp, terse imagery."--Robert Houston, The New York Times Book Review