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Welcome to Arrow Catchet, Mississippi, a Delta town whose air is filled with "innocence and ripe apples." But to Sugar Mecklin, a young boy who is the central character in many of these marvelous stories, it is also a place "where freaks grow like magic from the buckshot and gumbo, where eunuchs roam the Delta flatscape looking for Episcopalians." Sugar's mother spends her days creating imaginary lives for models in her Sears and Roebuck catalog. Daddy keeps a black suit with the words "Rock 'n' Roll Music" spelled out in sequins on the back hidden in his closet. Sugar searches for a way to grow up with dignity, and finds resources he never knew he had. While fishing for chickens in the yard, he lands a rooser on his head instead: "My parents were proud of me. They believed that a man who has worn a chicken on his head would never be a fool to geography or marriage or alcohol."

Lewis Nordan's magical, often sidesplittingly funny tales are triumphs of Southern storytelling.
  • Release date: 01.02.1989
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 9780394757018
  • 125 pages
  • Book rating: 4.62 (83 votes)

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