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SUMMARY ´ Fay by Larry Brown µ She's had no education hardly any shelter and you can't call what her father's been trying to give her since she grew up love So at the ripe age of seventeen Fay Jones leaves homeShe lights out alone wearing her only dress and rotting sneakers carrying a purse with a half pack of cigarettes and two dollar bills Even in 19Orleans She'll make it whatever making it means because Fay's got what it takes beauty a certain kind of innocent appeal and the instinct for survivalSet mostly in the seedy beach bars strip joints and massage parlors of Biloxi Mississippi back before the casinos took over Fay is a novel that only Larry Brown the reigning king of Grit Lit could have written As the New York Times Book Review once put it he's a writer absolutely confident of his own voice He knows how to tell a sto. Larry Brown looks at things suare on drinks you under the table kicks your ass and breaks your heart Full of tenderness without pity he shows up a hard life for what it is a little bit of good luck and a lot bad luck cold hard reality and largehearted hope prayer for a miracle without a miracle in the end What’s best though even better than that he gives you so much of the why and how of people you can’t ever look at the what the same way again “Don’t say what you would or wouldn’t do honey Cause one day you might have to” I loved Sam most And of course Fay sweet Fay First read December 2011 November 2012I thought it was Jewel and Mary and Virgil of Father and Son who would stick with me so vividly this year but no It’s Sam and Fay Brown wrote this himself when Fay wouldn’t let him alone when he couldn’t stop thinking what happened to her after Joe It shows It bleeds right through the page that affection without pity Powerful and contagious And the second time through it’s even tremendous how simply and fully Sam and Fay are brought to real life I dare you to even try to judge people the same way after this one It’s one of the several contributors why I barely have any tolerance left for the people in books who only say and do and think the right things and think that makes them good We sabotaged a whole factory of magic eight balls so they only tell the truth was the Softer World strip the other day We are all fucked and we are all savedAnd like a hundred other things in the course of a week I thought Fay

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Ot hard to come by when you look like FayThere's a highway patrolman who gives her a lift with a detour to his own place There are truck drivers who pull over to pick her up no uestions asked There's a crop duster pilot with money for a night or two on the town And finally there's a strip joint bouncer who deals on the sideAt the end of this suspenseful compulsively readable novel there are five dead bodies stacked up in Fay's wake Fay herself is sighted for the last time in New. Well damn Larry Brown sure knows how to hunt a reader down when their eyes are trained on the fate of his characters I couldn’t read this fast enough and I regretted my haste from top to bottom thankful though when he took time to coax us in with the smoke and the whiskey taking in the sun on the deck with AmyI can see that other readers may be impatient with that settling in thing he does but he gears up uick enough and I began to run out of pages fast chasing with Sam trying to get ahead of it all somehow What I’m saying is heart and hope get involved directly with these characters all of them Fay Sam Aaron and Reena I lost count of all the black souls on that Larry Brown highway but felt like they were carrying the good ones with them from Biloxi down to Pass Christian and tell me if Tom Waits Hold On isn’t about Fay If anyone has any ideas on how I can fall into a book next that is as good as this please let me know otherwise I might just get back to Dirty Work If only the post man would hurry Joe along

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Fay by Larry BroShe's had no education hardly any shelter and you can't call what her father's been trying to give her since she grew up love So at the ripe age of seventeen Fay Jones leaves homeShe lights out alone wearing her only dress and rotting sneakers carrying a purse with a half pack of cigarettes and two dollar bills Even in 1985 Mississippi two dollars won't go far on the road She's headed for the bright lights and big times and even she knows she needs help getting there But help's n. Lot's of reviews going around comparing Larry Brown with William Faulkner If you've never read any of William Faulkner's books then know that Larry Brown's writing is just like Faulkner's If you have read some of Faulkner's books then let me just go ahead and say I lied in my first comment but there are similarities in these two fellowsBoth gentlemen were born in the same area of Mississippi both died in Mississippi Faulkner 1897 to 1962 Brown 1951 to 2004Neither of these men obtained a college degree Both men pursued descriptive writingBoth wrote about the southern people of the United States Mostly the poor southern people flawed downtrodden everyman protagonists And they both knew these people incredibly well They lived with them Fay is a very good looking 17 year old runaway She had good reason to run away but no plan other than to head south Fay has two dollars She learns that she likes the taste of beer and enjoys making love She learns how to fry chicken and how to shoot a gun BANG