Search Results: "Padgett Powell"


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YOU & ME by Padgett Powell
Released: July 31, 2012

"An irreverent, goofball, witty and surprisingly compelling experiment."
Two Southern men riff, rant and trade non sequiturs in the latest literary stunt from Powell (Creative Writing/U. of Florida). Read full book review >

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THE INTERROGATIVE MOOD by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Whatever."
This novel is a one-trick pony, and that trick is a question mark. Read full book review >

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EDISTO REVISITED by Padgett Powell
Released: March 1, 1996

"Simons as the most outlandish southern poseur, but it's his awesome command of language that finally makes him a writer to reckon with."
Powell returns to the coastal South Carolina town that was the setting for his first novel, Edisto (1984), and though it's years later, his ``lost souls'' haven't exactly found themselves. Read full book review >

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ALIENS OF AFFECTION by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"If Powell crashes here and there, it's because he's raised the bar so high: This is fiction that provokes, challenges, and renews your faith in possibility."
A second collection (after Typical, 1991) from the author of the novel Edisto Revisited (1996), etc.: nine pieces—some previously published in Esquire and Harper's—suggesting that Powell may now be one of our most linguistically inventive writers. Read full book review >

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TYPICAL by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"Lyrically intense and full of the surreal juxtapositions you find in the flotsam of floodwaters: stories at once edgy and exuberant."
This first collection by the author of Edisto and A Woman Named Drown is an odd and arresting mix of full-length stories and lots of little pieces—none of them conventional by any means, and all of them typical of Powell's goofy, southern-inflected lust for language. Read full book review >

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MRS. HOLlINGSWORTH’S MEN by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2000

"More of Powell's Coover-esque, hyperkinetic art, action, color, voices, and opinions, all rolled together often brilliantly into something called—well, a novel."
Powell (Aliens of Affection, 1998, etc.) holds to his reputation for pyrotechnics with this ambitiously hallucinatory look at a Civil War hero and then some—a look taken by a plain but thoughtful housewife, who does it all with a shopping list. Read full book review >

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CRIES FOR HELP, VARIOUS by Padgett Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Powell has great fun with abstraction that harks back to Barthelme and the Modernists, though not every riff registers."
A playful and provoking clutch of stories that forces words and themes into unfamiliar territory. Read full book review >

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THE GIFTS OF PELICAN ISLE by Padgett Gerler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2016

"A wholesome and uplifting tale of rediscovered hope, love, and second chances, perfect for fans of breezy, beachy fiction."
A young woman, devastated by the loss of her husband and unborn child, relocates to a remote island where the local culture helps her learn to live again. Read full book review >

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THE DOLLMAKER'S DAUGHTERS by Abigail Padgett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 1997

"337, etc.), which ratchets Padgett's imaginative grasp of evil, and the unrelenting tension it spawns, to dizzy new heights. (Author tour)"
A troubled 15-year-old tricked out in gothic finery, complete with a porcelain doll named Kimmy chained to her wrist, collapses in a club called The Goblin Market at the same moment that the comatose twin sister whose memory she's long repressed except for her name—Kimmy—finally slips over the edge to death on the other side of town. Read full book review >

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JOE by Ron Padgett
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Written with profound admiration and affection, but the author should have hit Delete more frequently. (38 b&w and color photos and illustrations)"
A fond chronicle of the nearly 40-year friendship between poet Padgett (Great Balls of Fire, not reviewed) and artist Brainard, who died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1994. Read full book review >

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STRAWGIRL by Abigail Padgett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Even more radically than in her striking debut, Bo's gutsy work redefines the role of the detective in a darkly contemporary society."
Another nasty case for manic-depressive San Diego child-abuse investigator Bo Bradley (Child of Silence, 1993): the rape-murder of three-year-old Samantha Franer, whose distraught mother Bonnie commits suicide hours after her lover, French Canadian Paul Massieu, takes off for the Adironidacks with her surviving daughter Hannah. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BLUE PLATE SPECIAL by Abigail Padgett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 7, 2001

"Lacking the blazing originality and comic energy of Blue's blistering debut Blue (1997), this sequel still shows her as adept as ever at tracking family scars through the generations in search of 'a serial cerebral hemorrhage killer.'"
What are the odds that two healthy, liberal females active in San Diego politics would die of natural causes within two weeks of each other? Read full book review >