Flying Shoes

Flying Shoes

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Mary Byrd Thornton could understand how a reporter couldn't resist the story: a nine-year-old boy sexually molested and killed on Mother's Day, 1966. A suspect to whom nothing would stick. A neighborhood riddled with secrets. No one, especially the bungling or complicit authorities, had been able to solve the crime. Now, thirty years later, the reporter's call will reel a reluctant Mary Byrd from Mississippi back to Virginia where she must confront her family and, once again, the murder's irremovable stain of tragedy. Lisa Howorth's remarkable "Flying Shoes" is a work of fiction, but the murder is based on the still-unsolved case of her stepbrother, a front page story in the "Washington Post." And yet this is not a crime novel; it is an honest and luminous story of a particular time and place in the South, where even calamitous weather can be a character, everyone has a story, and all are inextricably entwined. With a flamboyant cast, splendid dark humor, a potent sense of history, and a shocking true story at its heart, "Flying Shoes" is a rich and candid novel from a fresh new voice about family and memory and one woman's flight from a wounded past."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 325 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 612.35g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1620403013
  • 9781620403013
  • 1,515,924

About Lisa Howorth

Lisa Howorth was born in Washington, D.C., where her family has lived for four generations. In Oxford, Mississippi, she and her husband opened Square Books ("Publishers Weekly"'s 2013 Bookstore of the Year) in 1979 and raised their three children. She received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996 and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2007. Her writing has appeared in "Garden & Gun" and the" Oxford American." This is her first more

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"Lisa Howorth's "Flying Shoes" braids a love know of new South, old South, and haunted South that catches at the reader's heart, even as the humor and sadness of her rollicking prose has us slipping off our own shoes and moving to the music in her voice. "Flying Shoes "is exhilarating and brave, full of love and grief and the journeys we all make from past to present." - Jayne Anne Phillips, author of "Quiet Dell" and "Lark and Termite""" "Lisa Howorth's dazzling verbal wit almost stops you in your tracks while you are flying along in this delicious prose. It is a scream - also heartbreaking, saucy, sassy, poignant, and triumphant. Mary Byrd is a bold, kooky, quirky character I won't forget. It has been a long time since I read a novel with such charm, generosity, humor, daring and brillance. It is just splendid." - Bobbie Ann Mason, author of "In Country" and "The Girl is the Blue Beret" "Like all great stories from Mississippi, "Flying Shoes" never proceeds in a straight line. It twists and turns in order to notice what matters most in life, and then delivers us to exactly where we need to be. Those of us who have waited a long time for this book celebrate its arrival." - Ann Patchett "I LOVE Mary Byrd. She has so much depth, and is a cracker jack of a woman. Her voice, her language, her passion, and her pain carry her through life with such aplomb." - Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books "What Lisa has accomplished is just astounding. This is a novel of insight, intelligence, wit, humor, pathos and knowing the background, one that is tremendously brave... There must be something in the air in Oxford..." - Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books "Lisa Howorth is a born storyteller..gifted with the ability to make words dance on the page. Her complexity and humor juxtaposed to the haunting back-tale of loss and guilt..turn "Flying Shoes "into that best things for a reader, an eloquent, honest, engrossing novel - one that sneaks into the heart and lodges there more
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