Twilight: A Novel

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MacAdam/Cage Pub., 2006 - Fiction - 224 pages
113 Reviews
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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Gothic southern fried story telling at its best. - Goodreads
Decent plot, tiresome prose. - Goodreads
The writing is mesmerizing. - Goodreads
A very fast-pace book. - Goodreads
William Gay's prose is some of the best poetry I've ev - Goodreads
The writing is strong - Goodreads

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User Review  - Craig - Goodreads

"It is true this world holds mysteries you do not want to know." And this book sheds a light on them...all the rationale I'll ever need for cremation. The interesting thing is that "evil" is hard to ... Read full review

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User 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

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About the author (2006)

William Gay lives in Hohenwald, Tennessee. He is the author of the novels The Long Home and Provinces of Night, and the short story collection I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down.

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