Edisto: A Novel

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Macmillan, Feb 3, 2009 - Fiction - 192 pages
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A novel that has drawn comparisons with the work of J. D. Salinger, Truman Capote, and Flannery O'Connor, Edisto centers on one Simons Everson Manigault, a twelve-year-old possessed of a vocabulary and sophistication way beyond his years and a preadolescent bewilderment with the behavior of adults. These include his mother, who is known as the Duchess, and his enigmatic father-surrogate, Taurus. Imbued with a strong sense of place—an isolated strip of South Carolina coast called Edisto—Padgett Powell's novel is "truly remarkable . . . both as a narrative and in its extraordinary use of language" (Walker Percy).

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User Review  - RidgewayGirl - LibraryThing

Edisto Island sits among the other sea islands along the coast of South Carolina, midway between Charleston and Savannah. Both those cities have islands nearer; Tybee for Savannah and John’s and ... Read full review

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User Review  - SomeGuyInVirginia - LibraryThing

An idyll, sometimes brilliant, that is always entertaining but doesn't always work as a story. It seems to be more biography and I think I like it better that way, because I'd like to think that each ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Padgett Powell is the author of Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men, among other novels.

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