In prose of almost biblical gravity, and with a deep knowledge of the ways in which history shapes human lives, and sometimes warps them beyond repair, Foote gives us an ambitious, troubling work of fiction that builds on the traditions of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor but that is resolutely unique.
"Exquisite narration....[Tom Parker] becomes the voices of the South and provides a strong accompaniment to Foote's fine prose." (AudioFile)
"Mr. Foote's writing is marvelously exact and positive. His attitude toward his people is respectful and human, as though he had thought about them a great deal and knew too much about them to take them for granted." (The New Yorker)
Eclipsed by the massive a justly praised epic "Civil War" narrative, is this lesser known but equally impressive collection of short stories.
I knew Foote was a Literary man, but I had no idea how incredibly talented and compelling he was. His name should be listed among the great 20th century Southern writers. Compelling and well worth your time. If you like Faulkner, O'Conner, McCarthy, Chappell, and others greats of the 20th century Southern literary tradition, do yourself a favour and get to know Foote outside the confines of the "Civil War."