Facing the Music

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Algonquin Books, Jan 9, 1996 - Fiction - 250 pages
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Facing the Music, Larry Brown’s first book, was originally published in 1988 to wide critical acclaim. As the St. Petersburg Times review pointed out, the central theme of these ten stories “is the ageless collision of man with woman, woman with man--with the frequent introduction of that other familiar couple, drinking and violence. Most often ugly, love is nevertheless graceful, however desperate the situation.”

There’s some glare from the brutally bright light Larry Brown shines on his subjects. This is the work of a writer unafraid to gaze directly at characters challenged by crisis and pathology. But for readers who are willing to look, unblinkingly, along with the writer, there are unusual rewards.

 

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User Review  - Polaris- - LibraryThing

A truly striking collection of disparate and desperate characters from the back lanes and dive bars, and the woodlands and cotton fields of North Mississippi. *** 1) Facing The Music - In with a bang ... Read full review

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User Review  - faulknerd_2000 - LibraryThing

The late, great Larry Brown is one of my favorite authors, and this collection of short stories is great introduction to his work. In fact, his later work may not top it. With his stark, brutal prose ... Read full review

Contents

Facing the Music
1
Kubuku Rides This Is It
11
The Rich
33
Old Frank and Jesus
41
Boy and Dog
59
A Memory
71
Samaritans
87
Night Life
101
Leaving Town
129
The End of Romance
159
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About the author (1996)

Larry Brown was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he lived all his life. At the age of thirty, a captain in the Oxford Fire Department, he decided to become a writer and worked toward that goal for seven years before publishing his first book, Facing the Music, a collection of stories, in 1988. With the publication of his first novel, Dirty Work, he quit the fire station in order to write fulltime. Between then and his untimely death in 2004, he published seven more books. His three grown children and his widow, Mary Annie Brown, live near Oxford.

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