The Death of Sweet Mister: A Novel

The Death of Sweet Mister: A Novel

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by Daniel Woodrell, Dennis Lehane
     
 

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Shug Akins is a lonely, overweight thirteen-year-old boy. His mother, Glenda, is the one person who loves him—she calls him Sweet Mister and attempts to boost his confidence and give him hope for his future. Shuggie's purported father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises the boy. Into this small-town Ozarks mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce,

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Shug Akins is a lonely, overweight thirteen-year-old boy. His mother, Glenda, is the one person who loves him—she calls him Sweet Mister and attempts to boost his confidence and give him hope for his future. Shuggie's purported father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises the boy. Into this small-town Ozarks mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce, with his shiny green T-bird and his smart city clothes. When he and Glenda begin a torrid affair, a series of violent events is inevitably set in motion. The outcome will break your heart. "

This is Daniel Woodrell's third book set in the Ozarks and, like the other two, Give Us a Kiss and Tomato Red, it peels back the layers from lives already made bare by poverty and petty crime." —Otto Penzler, "Penzler Pick, 2001"

Editorial Reviews

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"[Woodrell] has achieved near mastery of style: language, plot, characterization and theme mesh with a seamless power."—Michael Anderson, New York Times Book Review "

A fiery, poetic, hair-raising novel."—Bret Israel, Los Angeles Times"

The plot, tawdry in the abstract, is transformed by Woodrell's gallows humour and his rendering of Shug's voice, part Huck Finn, part Holden Caulfield."—Bharat Tandon, Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)"

A dark, disturbing beauty of a story . . . Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed."—Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain

Michael Anderson
"[Woodrell] has achieved near mastery of style: language, plot, characterization and theme mesh with a seamless power."
Bret Israel
"A fiery, poetic, hair-raising novel."
Bharat Tandon
"The plot, tawdry in the abstract, is transformed by Woodrell's gallows humour and his rendering of Shug's voice, part Huck Finn, part Holden Caulfield."
Charles Frazier
"A dark, disturbing beauty of a story . . . Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316206143
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
363,239
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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The Death of Sweet Mister 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite "The Death of Sweet Mister" by Daniel Woodrell is a well-written, entertaining but gloomy book. In it we meet Shug Akins, a thirteen year old overweight young man. He and his mother, Glenda, live rent free in a mobile home for taking care of the cemetery next door. When not in jail, Red lives with them. He is a brutal, abusive man who hates Shug. Red forces Shug to break into the homes of dying people and steal their pain killers. Glenda is an attractive young woman; she dresses in provocative clothing. Glenda is the only one who has ever loved Shug. Jimmy Vin Pearce arrives in town driving a green T-bird; soon he and Glenda are having a sizzling affair. I was quickly drawn into Shug’s life. The poor boy is blatantly abused, emotionally, mentally and physically, by Red. In a more elusive manner he is abused by his mother. Shug is at that special age where he isn’t a man and yet he isn’t a child. His mother dresses provocatively in front of him and doesn’t even try to hide her sexual exploitations from him. She gives him alcohol and allows him to drive her car. Although she knows Red hates the boy she allows the abusive man to take Shug “fishing.” This tale is cruel and bleak. Author Daniel Woodrell is a genius. I have never read a book that brought out such passionate anger in me. There is no happy ending to this story and yet it is a compelling read. This is a review of the audio version. The reader is Dennis LeHane. His voice is filled with passion in just the right places. This is a must read book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the same vein as Nowhere Near the Sea of Cortez(Jim Harris) and Carmac McCarthy, Woodrell captures dark, poetic lower class images, sounds, words, better than any writers out there, with the exception of Harris. But both these writers are in a class by themselves with spare, phenomenal word plays and fascinating explorations of poor folk. Take Sherwood Anderson and throw in Raymond Carver and a heavy dose of Bukowski. A brilliant writer.
JustMyTwoCents More than 1 year ago
Gritty and Frightening -- A Tragedy from Page One As horrible as the subject matter was, as gritty as the material was, I could not put this book down.  It is a frightening reminder that monsters are made and not born. This one will stay with me for a long time. I'll look for more from this author-- but I may need to read something more light-hearted in between!
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