The Prince of Frogtown

The Prince of Frogtown

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In this final volume of the beloved American saga that began with "All Over but the Shoutin'" and continued with "Ava's Man, " Rick Bragg closes his circle of family stories with an unforgettable tale about fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with his ten-year-old stepson. He learns, right from the start, that a man who chases a woman with a child is like a dog who chases a car and wins. He discovers that he is unsuited to fatherhood, unsuited to fathering this boy in particular, a boy who does not know how to throw a punch and doesn't need to; a boy accustomed to love and affection rather than violence and neglect; in short, a boy wholly unlike the child Rick once was, and who longs for a relationship with Rick that Rick hasn't the first inkling of how to embark on. With the weight of this new boy tugging at his clothes, Rick sets out to understand his father, his son, and himself. "The Prince of Frogtown" documents a mesmerizing journey back in time to the lush Alabama landscape of Rick's youth, to Jacksonville's one-hundred-year-old mill, the town's blight and salvation; and to a troubled, charismatic hustler coming of age in its shadow, Rick's father, a man bound to bring harm even to those he truly loves. And the book documents the unexpected corollary to it, the marvelous journey of Rick's later life: a journey into fatherhood, and toward a child for whom he comes to feel a devotion that staggers him. With candor, insight, tremendous humor, and the remarkable gift for descriptive storytelling on which he made his name, Rick Bragg delivers a brilliant and moving rumination on the lives of boys and men, a poignant reflection on what it means to be a father and a son.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio | 7 pages
  • 129.54 x 147.32 x 27.94mm | 204.12g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739368397
  • 9780739368398

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Praise for "The Prince of Frogtown"" " "Bragg crafts flowing sentences that vividly describe the southern Appalachian landscape and ways of life both old and new. . . . His father's story walks the line between humorous and heartbreaking . . . This book, much like his previous two memoirs, is lush with narratives about manhood, fathers and sons, families and the changing face of the rural South." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) "Smooth and rich as bourbon." --"Kirkus " "Bragg continues in the vein of his legendary storytelling, breathing life into a father he barely knew while learning to love a son." --"Library Journal " Praise for "Ava's Man" "Rick Bragg has written a powerful and poignant book about his kin, the kind of people we hear about too seldom . . . At the end I shared Rick's pride and awe of what his family had endured." --Tom Brokaw "It is hard to think of a writer who reminds us more forcefully and wonderfully of what people and families are all about." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Earthy, mischievous, yet gorgeous. . . . [Bragg's] tales . . . would not be out of place if they were told around a campfire." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "[Bragg] is every bit the equal of . . . Harper Lee and Truman Capote." --"People " "[Bragg has] a true gift for great storytelling (the kind. . . that makes you think it's just a plain old story, until he gets to the end and you're either weeping or covered with goosebumps)." --"New Orleans Times-Picayune" "Here is a man with wit, devotion and a fierce sense of dignity." --"Time Out New York " "Bragg writes like his grandfather drank. . . . He cuts loose with wonderful flowering descriptive floods . . . that can cripple another writer with envy." --"The Miami Herald "Praise for "All Over but the Shoutin'" "An absolutely wonderful book." --Russell Baker "Rick Bragg writes like a man oshow more

About Mr Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg lives with his family in Alabama. He is the author of All Over but the Shoutin’; Ava’s Man; I Am a Soldier, Too; and Somebody Told Me.show more

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