Down Town

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A rollicking tale of a small Southern town by the bestselling author of Run with the Horsemen

With his naturalistic and humorous storytelling style, Ferrol Sams has won fans from all walks of life, especially those drawn to Southern fiction. And while the literary landscape of the rural South is peppered with great storytellers, few are as endearing as James Aloysius 'Buster' Holcombe, Jr., the observant narrator of Sams's new novel. From Reconstruction, the first World War, the...

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Overview

A rollicking tale of a small Southern town by the bestselling author of Run with the Horsemen

With his naturalistic and humorous storytelling style, Ferrol Sams has won fans from all walks of life, especially those drawn to Southern fiction. And while the literary landscape of the rural South is peppered with great storytellers, few are as endearing as James Aloysius 'Buster' Holcombe, Jr., the observant narrator of Sams's new novel. From Reconstruction, the first World War, the Depression, and World War II , to racial integration, land speculation, and economic boom, Buster Holcombe recounts the events that have shaped our country since the mid-nineteenth century through the eyes of the wide-ranging denizens of 'our town.' Down Town offers a panoptic history of the American South, carefully observed and skillfully presented by a native son.

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St. John Flynn
Infused with Sams's love of the South . . . and of the people whose lives have provided the stories [he] has translated into eminently readable books. (St. John Flynn, Cover to Cover host, NPR)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143114383
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,360,891
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ferrol Sams

Ferrol Sams is a physician, humorist, storyteller, and the bestselling author of eight novels rooted in the oral tradition of southern humor and folklore. He lives in Fayetteville, Georgia.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

    Like a box of chocolates, or perhaps a photo album.

    Like most fans of Ferrol Sams' writing, I have always been impressed by his economical use of the language, his lack of pretension and "elegance," and his ability to engage his reader in the simplest of stories, and I mean that in a good way...that is, he gets us to *care*.

    In his previous works, especially the trilogy, Sams painted vast tableaux with long unfolding coming-of-age arcs of narrative development, and characters we could follow for years and years. In "Down Town," the mission has changed, and now Sams has instead assembled a set of snapshots into a series of vignettes that do a wonderful job of helping the reader feel pretty well plugged into the small-town semi-rural Georgia milieu where Sams lives and writes (and practices medicine, I think).

    All in all, a charming and delightful book, not at all escapist, but instead light-handedly sharing the author's take on all manner of human foible and folly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

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    I had eagerly awaited perhaps my favorite author's next book for several years. While enjoyable for the colloquial, down-home style, I found the characters not well-developed, and the storyline hard to follow. Maybe I was spoiled to the Horseman trilogy. Worth reading, but don't expect another master work.

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