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Scarecrow's Bible
     

Scarecrow's Bible

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by Martin Hyatt
 
In a house trailer in the rural South, a married, Vietnam veteran, addicted to pharmaceuticals, haunted by memories of the past is on the brink of collapse. Just when he thinks the dream of another life is over, the unspeakable happens. He falls in love with a frail, ghostly younger man who reminds him of youth, beauty, and the possibility of a life beyond the prison

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In a house trailer in the rural South, a married, Vietnam veteran, addicted to pharmaceuticals, haunted by memories of the past is on the brink of collapse. Just when he thinks the dream of another life is over, the unspeakable happens. He falls in love with a frail, ghostly younger man who reminds him of youth, beauty, and the possibility of a life beyond the prison he has created for himself. A Scarecrow�s Bible is about what happens when love occurs at the most unexpected moment. It is the story of how working-class men and women in a small town adapt to changes that somehow seem impossible. It is a novel of hope and transformation that challenges our ideas about diversity and social change, all the way breaking our hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976341147
Publisher:
Suspect Thoughts Press
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
201
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are Saying About This

Abigail Thomas
"Martin Hyatt knows about love and fear, despair and redemption, joy and guilt, and he tells the truth. He writes like an angel, albeit a sad one. I love The Scarecrow�s Bible."
author of Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life
Jaime Manrique
"The characters in A Scarecrow�s Bible are the kind of people novelists too often discard as insignificant and unworthy of our notice. In Martin Hyatt�s compassionate hands they come fully to life in all their haunting despair."
author of Latin Moon in Manhattan and Twilight at the Equator
Edmund White
"Lyrical and anguished, this is a stunning first novel about the despair of addiction and the hope provided by love. The writing is so skillful it�s hard to believe that this is a debut. Hallucinated scenes from the past enter into the dreamlike present to create a tapestry of pain and solace. If this is a gay novel it�s unlike any other I�ve ever read."
author of A Boy�s Own Story and Arts and Letters
Minnie Bruce Pratt
"Martin Hyatt�s narrative tour de force takes us deep into the unchronicled heart of rural working-class gay life in the Deep South. Hyatt is a merciless, merciful storyteller, showing us the people sacrificed to bigotry, and those who snatched themselves, scarred and beautiful, out of its murderous jaws."
author of S/He

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Scarecrow's Bible 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"A Scarecrow's Bible" has an intriguing premise, but it fails to deliver the goods. The story of a rural Mississippi middle-aged war veteran who falls for a man half his age while his family is disintegrating (wife leaves for another man; daughter leaves home for a job in New Orleans) is an original premise, no doubt. But there's a catch; both the construction worker vet and his unemployed new boyfriend are drug addicts. Their alternating stories and interactions are almost always examined through the haze of their highs and lows, and this loses the reader's interest because it is so unrelenting. Reading the novel is like trying to decipher the conversation between two drunks at a party. No question there's some strong writing here, but the two main characters are too disconnected from each other and reality for the reader to empathize or even recognize. Not recommended.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Does not read like a debut novel. This book speaks deeply to the reader, long after the last page is read the story remains in the heart. I hope to see many more books by Martin Hyatt in the bookstores!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was completely captivated by this story. The characters are so 'real' they could be your neighbors, your family. Such a painfully lovely reminder that love and acceptance heals- even when it hurts, it truly does. This is a novel that will stay with the reader long after it is finished.