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Dirty Work
     

Dirty Work

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by Larry Brown
 

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Dirty Work is the story of two men, strangers—one white, the other black. Both were born and raised in Mississippi. Both fought in Vietnam. Both were gravely wounded. Now, twenty-two years later, the two men lie in adjacent beds in a VA hospital.Over the course of a day and a night, Walter James and Braiden Chaney talk of memories, of passions, of fate

Overview

Dirty Work is the story of two men, strangers—one white, the other black. Both were born and raised in Mississippi. Both fought in Vietnam. Both were gravely wounded. Now, twenty-two years later, the two men lie in adjacent beds in a VA hospital.Over the course of a day and a night, Walter James and Braiden Chaney talk of memories, of passions, of fate.

With great vision, humor, and courage, Brown writes mostly about love in a story about the waste of war.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“An unforgettable, unshakable novel.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The writing, the characters, and the plot are so compelling that you can't help but stay with the book until its conclusion.”Washington Post Book World

“There has been no antiwar novel . . . quite like Larry Brown'sDirty Work.The New York Times

“One of the most powerful antiwar novels in American literature.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A marvelous book . . . Brown's swift, intuitive dialogue explodes like a land mine and leaves the reader dizzy with shock.”The Kansas City Star

“A real knockout.”New York Newsday

“A powerful and original work all its own that moves along in short, staccato chapters with indisputably authentic language.”The New York Times

“Stunning power . . . Dirty Workmakes the human cost of war achingly real.”USA Today

“An unsparing book, at once brutal and compassionate, horrible, yet funny, too.”The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Courageous . . . It's hard to imagine a more powerful effect than the one Brown creates with his attentive, unsparing prose.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“[Brown] has created two fully realized, believable—and often very funny—characters . . . No one who reads this book is likely to forget them.”The Houston Post

“A novel of the first order . . . A gem.” The Washington Post

The New York Times
"There has been no anti-war novel . . . quite like Dirty Work."—The New York Times
The Washington Post
"A novel of the first order. . . . A gem."—The Washington Post
The Kansas City Star
"Explodes like a land mine. . . . A marvelous book."—The Kansas City Star
Newsday
"A real knockout."—New York Newsday
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two devastatingly wounded Vietnam vets, Chaney, who is black, and James, white, both sons of the South, lie in a veteran's hospital and talk freely about combat, movies, sex, old loves, their boyhoods, how it feels to kill a man and why God allows wars to happen. PW described this novel as ``wrenching'' and ``memorable.'' (Oct.)
Reviews

“An unforgettable, unshakable novel.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The writing, the characters, and the plot are so compelling that you can't help but stay with the book until its conclusion.”Washington Post Book World

“There has been no antiwar novel . . . quite like Larry Brown'sDirty Work.The New York Times

“One of the most powerful antiwar novels in American literature.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A marvelous book . . . Brown's swift, intuitive dialogue explodes like a land mine and leaves the reader dizzy with shock.”The Kansas City Star

“A real knockout.”New York Newsday

“A powerful and original work all its own that moves along in short, staccato chapters with indisputably authentic language.”The New York Times

“Stunning power . . . Dirty Workmakes the human cost of war achingly real.”USA Today

“An unsparing book, at once brutal and compassionate, horrible, yet funny, too.”The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Courageous . . . It's hard to imagine a more powerful effect than the one Brown creates with his attentive, unsparing prose.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“[Brown] has created two fully realized, believable—and often very funny—characters . . . No one who reads this book is likely to forget them.”The Houston Post

“A novel of the first order . . . A gem.” The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565125636
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
247
Sales rank:
465,029
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Larry Brown was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he lived all his life. At the age of thirty, a captain in the Oxford Fire Department, he decided to become a writer and worked toward that goal for seven years before publishing his first book, Facing the Music, a collection of stories, in 1988. With the publication of his first novel, Dirty Work, he quit the fire station in order to write fulltime. Between then and his untimely death in 2004, he published seven more books. His three grown children and his widow, Mary Annie Brown, live near Oxford.

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Dirty Work 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are reading this book for book club. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago