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Brown Bottle: A Novel
     

Brown Bottle: A Novel

by Sheldon Lee Compton
 

Wade “Brown Bottle” Taylor is an alcoholic uncle trying to protect his nephew Nick from the hardness of their region, Eastern Kentucky, and the world in general. To end Nick's involvement with drugs and drug dealers in the area, Brown must first save himself, overcoming a lifetime spent convinced he is unworthy. Brown Bottle's journey is one of

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Wade “Brown Bottle” Taylor is an alcoholic uncle trying to protect his nephew Nick from the hardness of their region, Eastern Kentucky, and the world in general. To end Nick's involvement with drugs and drug dealers in the area, Brown must first save himself, overcoming a lifetime spent convinced he is unworthy. Brown Bottle's journey is one of selflessness and love, redemption and sacrifice, if only for a time..... "With striking authenticity, Compton delivers a story that is at once tender and a punch straight to the gut. Brown Bottle is honest, heartbreaking and echoing with desperation rendered in precise, razor-sharp prose. Sheldon Lee Compton writes with a reckoning force." - Steph Post, author of A Tree Born Crooked

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"Sheldon Lee Compton is a hillbilly Bukowski, one of the grittiest writers to come down the pike since Larry Brown, and Brown Bottle is his best work yet." ~ Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time….....

"Sheldon Lee Compton is one of the new young breed of Kentucky writers--talented, fearless, and strong--bringing us word from the hills." ~ Chris Offutt, author of Kentucky Straight....."Brown Bottle, by Sheldon Lee Compton, is a bottleneck blues of a novel, played at midnight, harsh, unsparing, and real as hell. Brown Bottle the man is also someone you won't forget. His story has emotional and moral weight. You won't read a better novel this year." ~Rusty Barnes, author of Ridgerunner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933964898
Publisher:
Bottom Dog Press
Publication date:
02/02/2016
Edition description:
First
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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The crisp scent of snow was in the air though it was the second week of October and not a flake had fallen. But it was coming. It was warm the day when Brown stepped past him while Lafe pulled lettuce up from the ground, even for autumn. Pulled a pistol on him in the back bedroom after slamming the door through. That sound, that snapping of metal and hinge, broke him away from Lafe. By the time he made it into the trailer, Brown was standing over Tuck with the pistol. Other than Tuck’s scared breathing, not a sound. Hen must have made the call.

Police cruisers arrived within minutes. They’d already been there once that day. Place and purpose were easily defined and to face facts, Tuck’s had become a hotspot for the troopers, on the radar and a long list with other dealers in the region. But this time they had to wrestle Brown Bottle Taylor to the ground. This after luring him away from Tuck Collins, a crying and pitiful man who they wanted to arrest for dealing drugs but couldn’t. Brown could have shot Tuck. He did not. Maybe it was fear. Maybe it was hesitation, which could have been the same thing, more or less. But he didn’t kill him then. It was a thought. Something to go on.

Meet the Author


Sheldon Lee Compton was born, raised, and continues to survive

in Pike County, Kentucky, the commonwealth’s easternmost tip. He lives

there with his wife, Heather, and two children, Tyler Lee and Natalie

Grace. He has worked as a coal miner, journalist, public relations specialist,

short order cook, college professor, speech writer, and carpenter. His

writing career started at the age of fourteen as an opinion columnist for

the local newspaper.

A graduate of Spalding University’s MFA program in Louisville, he

is the author of the short story collections The Same Terrible Storm and Where

Alligators Sleep. He has been nominated for the Chaffin Award for Excellence

in Appalachian Writing and was a finalist for both the Gertrude Stein

Fiction Award and the Still Fiction Award in 2012. His work was most

recently included as a finalist in Queen’s Ferry Press’s anthology The Best

Small Fictions 2015. In addition to his own work, he founded and edits the

online journal Revolution John and is a former associate editor of the

acclaimed literary journal Night Train.

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