A pseudo-autobiographical yarn of the southern anecdotal variety -- as authentic as white lightning -- in which the author...

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A pseudo-autobiographical yarn of the southern anecdotal variety -- as authentic as white lightning -- in which the author constructs a family of Florida crackers -- replete with a half century of semi-tall tales -- via his narrator, Billy Driggers, as likable a boy as one is apt to find below the Mason-Dixon line. There is older brother Tarley, hard-fighting and able to shoot a wild turkey like nobody's business; Winton Epps, a drinking, hound-loving uncle-in-law scairt of nothing except his wife's lashing tongue; a father shot in a senseless feud; and a mama whose God-fearing homilies should thaw any hardened heart. There's nothing much we haven't read a thousand times before, but the mixture of fish-fowl-animal-girl-and-Yankee-chasing is all firmly and fondly entrenched Americana.

Pub Date: Jan. 29, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1974