Twilight: A Novel
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 - Cathy LaGrow - Goodreads
William Gay was an absolute virtuoso. I'm so sorry he's gone. (This book is not for the faint-hearted.) Read full review
Review: TwilightUser Review - Doug H - Goodreads
Based on the quality of the writing in his short story collection I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories, I expected this to be much better than it was. I enjoyed it, but not nearly ... Read full review