You like to read, right? You wonder about the writers, right? Then get this book. It's remarkable to find out about Howard Bahr, Rick Bragg, Sonny Brewer, Larry Brown, Pat Conroy, Connie May Fowler, Tom Franklin, Tim Gautreaux, William Gay, John Grisham, Winston Groom, Silas House, Suzanne Hudson, Joshilyn Jackson, Barb Johnson, Cassandra King, Janis Owens, Michelle Richmond, Clay Risen, George Singleton, Matthew Teague, Daniel Wallace, Brad Watson, and Steve Yarbrough.
In the first 15 pages of this novel about sex and violence in 1940s Tennessee, William Gay describes a sinkhole opening up, a fight, a murder, the disposal of a body, a sleazy payoff and a raging thunderstorm -- and does it in prose that's as polished as a Tiffany's jewelry display.