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Set in the town of Gruel, South Carolina, this first novel by George Singleton, master of the comic short story, is the tale of a young man named Novel (his brother's name is James; his sister's is Joyce), a professional snake handler who stumbles across strange doings while he sits in a motel room writing his autobiography. As he struggles to recount his life story, he uncovers-and finds himself starring in-a decades-old town secret, one that can blow him and his fellow citizens sky-high. Funny as only George Singleton can be, full of Southern mischief and wit, Novel is a crazed and crazy fictional whirlwind of drinking, motel-living, art-forgery-committing, pool-playing redneck charm.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 335 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 35.6mm | 612.35g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0151011281
  • 9780151011285

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"Singleton's relentlessly offbeat stories are a miasma of flea markets, palm readers, bowling alleys, and alligators, offering a disturb-ingly askew-at times, downright surreal-vision of the South." -ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Sly, intelligent, hilarious."-THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
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141 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 16% (23)
4 30% (43)
3 27% (38)
2 18% (25)
1 9% (12)
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