Edisto

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A novel that has drawn comparisons with the work of J. D. Salinger, Truman Capote, and Flannery O’Connor, Edisto centers on one Simons Everson Manigault, a twelve-year-old possessed of a vocabulary and sophistication way beyond his years and a preadolescent bewilderment with the behavior of adults. These include his mother, who is known as the Duchess, and his enigmatic father-surrogate, Taurus. Imbued with a strong sense of place—an isolated strip of South Carolina coast called Edisto—Padgett Powell’s novel is ...

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Overview

A novel that has drawn comparisons with the work of J. D. Salinger, Truman Capote, and Flannery O’Connor, Edisto centers on one Simons Everson Manigault, a twelve-year-old possessed of a vocabulary and sophistication way beyond his years and a preadolescent bewilderment with the behavior of adults. These include his mother, who is known as the Duchess, and his enigmatic father-surrogate, Taurus. Imbued with a strong sense of place—an isolated strip of South Carolina coast called Edisto—Padgett Powell’s novel is “truly remarkable . . . both as a narrative and in its extraordinary use of language” (Walker Percy).

"A...12-year old boy learns about life from an assortment of eccentric characters...A hilarious yet poignant first novel."--ALA Notable Books of 1984

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Richard Eder
"A remarkable book....there is not a line that simply slides by; each, in one way or another, turns things to a fresh and unexpected angle. There are splendid things said." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374146511
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/1/1984
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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Padgett Powell’s most recent novel is Mrs. Hollingsworth’s Men.

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