The Charlatan's Boy (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Charlatan's Boy Grady knows nothing of his origins--he does not even have a last name--but as he and a huckster travel from one small, frontier town to another he poses one of the wild, ugly swamp beasts called feechies.
- Published: 05 October 2010
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780307458223 ISBN 10: 0307458229
- Sales rank: 644,731
Reviews for The Charlatan's Boy
THE SUCCESSOR TO MARK TWAIN
Grady has no memory of his origins. Not for lack of trying, though; he has spent many hours trying to remember a family or home before Floyd, a huckster who makes his living perpetrating hoaxes on villages. Each time he asks Floyd where he came from, he receives a different story. One story is that he found him squawling under a palmetto bush; another story is that his real mama gave him away because he was too ugly to keep. Grady is inclined to believe that one, because he looks different from everyone else. He looks like a feechie, and Floyd makes a living by showing Grady as a "genuine, real live, he-feechie". As they make the rounds fleecing the villagers, Grady is on a journey to the knowledge of who he truly is.
If I believed in reincarnation, and I don't, I would claim to have found the "genuine, real live, reincarnation of Mark Twain". Jonathan Rogers' writing style is so reminiscent of Twain that it is eerie. For everyone who ever felt sad because they realized they had read all of Twain's works, and now there is nothing to look forward to, here is the answer. And when I read his blog and realized that he also likes and is influenced by Flannery O'Connor, I was even happier. Anyone who likes Twain and O'Connor is okay by me. This novel was categorized as YA, but this middle-aged woman enjoyed it just as much today as I would have at 13. Jonathan Rogers is a writer for all ages.
Definitely 5 stars
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