Celebration: A NOVEL

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Simon & Schuster, Jan 7, 1998 - Fiction - 272 pages
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"This is the story of Forever and Forever, a Florida trailer park for the over-sixty-five set that offers sun, no services, and all the dehumanization that waiting for death while maintaining your tan can offer. It's home to Johnson Meechum, the retired embezzler who starts each day by shooting the swamp out back. Johnson's wife, Mabel, can no longer even look at him. Their neighbor is Ted Johanson the lumberjack, who just wants to be left alone. Stump, whose lost arm paid for Forever and Forever, believes that while he's in charge, and as long as everyone keeps quiet, everything will be all right. There are dozens more people here, forgotten wives and ruined men, all equally despairing." "But things are not going to stay quiet. This piece of hell on earth is visited by a walking bonfire of life energy who strolls into the dire little park determined to end both the silence and the despair. Her name is Too Much and that's exactly what she is. Too Much is a beautiful young bombshell who noisily awakens appetites that most of the folks in Forever and Forever were sure had died long ago. She demands that everybody here remember not just who they are but who and what they were and can be again. Most of all, she reminds them that they are alive." "Crews has written a black comedy that celebrates life and spits in the eye of the industry of the living dead that threatens to be the future of each and every one of us."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The once reigning champion of redneck fiction continues his decline with yet another one-joke novel, a farce of hippy-cosmic dimensions. Set in a Florida trailer park for retirees (``a warehouse for ... Read full review

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User Review  - andyray - LibraryThing

While not up to par for Crews's works, still it gives that familiar humor-rage-nutty flavor of a Florida mobile home park. We have several near us in which these people could well exist. Read full review


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Harry Crews was born in Alma, Georgia on June 7, 1935. He served three years in the Marines then entered the University of Florida on the G.I. Bill. He received a bachelor's degree in literature in 1960, followed by a master's in education. He taught at Broward Community College and wrote copy for Nelson Boswell's radio show Challenge the Response. His first novel, The Gospel Singer, was published in 1968. His other works include Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit, Car, The Hawk Is Dying, The Gypsy's Curse, A Feast of Snakes, The Knockout Artist, Scar Lover, and Celebration. He also wrote a memoir entitled A Childhood: The Biography of a Place. He died from complications of neuropathy on March 28, 2012 at the age of 76.

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