Suttree. Couldn't put it down. "Set in Knoxville in 1951, the novel opens with a fisherman on the Tennessee river, running his lines and stopping to watch the police haul up the body of a suicide. The fisherman, having pulled his skiff ashore for a better view of the proceedings, is spotted by an acquaintence: "Hey Suttree," the man calls. We have now been formally introduced to Cornelius Suttree, a man who makes his living on the river," says the author's web site.