Twilight: A Novel
Suspecting that something is amiss with their father’s burial, teenager Kenneth Tyler and his sister Corrie venture to his gravesite and make a horrific discovery: their father, a whiskey bootlegger, was not actually buried in the casket they bought for him. Worse, they learn that the undertaker, Fenton Breece, has been grotesquely manipulating the dead.
Armed with incriminating photographs, Tyler becomes obsessed with bringing the perverse undertaker to justice. But first, he must outrun Granville Sutter, a local strongman and convicted murderer hired by Fenton to destroy the evidence. With his poetic, haunting prose, William Gay rewrites the rules of the gothic fairytale while exploring the classic Southern themes of good and evil.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - librarianbryan - LibraryThing
Sacrilegious mashup of high arch Southern Gothic and hard-boiled crime tropes that works because of its audacity w/r/t form and content. And all the backwater hillbilly horseshit, yeah, I know all about that. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BooksOn23rd - LibraryThing
A creepy Southern Gothic tale involving young children, old men, and dead bodies. Some necrophilia throw in as well. Gay writes wonderfully; gorgeous poetic sentences add to the color of this book. Read full review