A Southern gothic novel about an undertaker who won’t let the dead rest.
Suspecting that something is amiss with their father’s burial, teenager Kenneth Tyler and his sister Corrie venture to his gravesite and make a horrific discovery: their father, a whiskey bootlegger, was not actually buried in the casket they bought for him. Worse, they learn that the undertaker, Fenton Breece, has been grotesquely manipulating the dead.
Armed with incriminating photographs, Tyler becomes obsessed with bringing the perverse undertaker to justice. But first, he must outrun Granville Sutter, a local strongman and convicted murderer hired by Fenton to destroy the evidence. What follows is an adventure through the Harrikin, an eerie backwoods filled with tangled roads, rusted machinery, and eccentric squatters–old men, witches, and families among them–who both shield and imperil Tyler as he runs for safety.
With his poetic, haunting prose, William Gay rewrites the rules of the gothic fairy tale while exploring the classic Southern themes of good and evil.
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Review: TwilightUser Review - Jill - Goodreads
After the absolute bloodbath that was Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, I thought myself numb to most literary acts of violence and debauchery. Props to William Gay for creating fiction that can still ... Read full review
Review: TwilightUser Review - Stacy - Goodreads
A morality parable that will leave you unsettled. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that I found some of the description of the physical environment lacking. About half the time it didn't ... Read full review