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Thin Blue Smoke: A Novel
     

Thin Blue Smoke: A Novel

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by Doug Worgul
 

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LaVerne Williams is an ex-big league ballplayer with an attitude problem and a barbecue joint to run. Ferguson Glen is an Episcopal priest and fading literary star with a drinking problem. A.B. Clayton and Sammy Merzeti are two lost souls in need of love, understanding, and another cigarette.

Thin Blue Smoke is an American redemption tale. It is a story of love and

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LaVerne Williams is an ex-big league ballplayer with an attitude problem and a barbecue joint to run. Ferguson Glen is an Episcopal priest and fading literary star with a drinking problem. A.B. Clayton and Sammy Merzeti are two lost souls in need of love, understanding, and another cigarette.

Thin Blue Smoke is an American redemption tale. It is a story of love and loss, hope and despair. Hilarious and heart-rending, sacred and profane, this book marks the emergence of a vital new voice in American fiction.

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ISBN-13:
9780985295325
Publisher:
Samizdat Creative
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.02(d)

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Thin Blue Smoke 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JFillingham More than 1 year ago
One of the best book I have read in a long time. Worgul has written a story of suffering and redemption,  isolation and community, faith and doubt. His use of baseball, bar-b-que, all set in Kansas City is magical Immediately after finishing, I wanted to start again. This book reminded me of Wendell Berry's Jaybercrow. Different setting, but similar ideas and themes. 
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LPatten More than 1 year ago
A few weeks before reading THIN BLUE SMOKE I didn¿t know about the book or its author. Partway through SMOKE, I was glad I stumbled onto it. The moment I finished it and clicked off my e-reader, I knew what my answer would be to a standard question: Read any good books lately? Yeah! Worgul¿s SMOKE. Want to know the why? I¿ll tell you in a moment. First, how¿d I find it? I was searching for information on Frederick Buechner, a writer I admire. In one of the references, SMOKE and Worgul were mentioned. Buechner influenced Worgul, and was apparently thanked in SMOKE¿s acknowledgments. Good enough for me. And that¿s how it goes, isn¿t it? One link leads to another. A search for ¿A¿ takes a turn and discovers ¿B.¿ Relationships are built through other relationships. And this leads to why I loved SMOKE. It¿s about relationships. If the books you read must have a linear plot, like a mystery with a sequence of clues leading to a killer caught or the world saved, maybe SMOKE won¿t make your to-read list. Try it anyway. On the tasty, tuneful surface, SMOKE involves barbecue and singing the blues. Still on the surface, it¿s about grief, love, failure and redemption. But partway through, thankful I¿d stumbled across SMOKE, I realized how well it delved into the deep truth of relationships¿between men, between men and women, between races, between families of blood and families of choice. I enjoyed living with and being irritated by barbecue master LaVerne Williams. Al Buddy became my buddy. When Reverend Ferguson Glen soared while delivering a graveside sermon, I also took flight. When the good reverend hit rock bottom, I felt the pinch of stone on my knees. Many books are about ¿relationships.¿ There¿s nothing unique about that. But it¿s how the author handles those relationships, and how the story allows me¿as a reader¿to enter into those families and friendships. SMOKE joyfully, painfully, truthfully welcomed me into its world of smoked meat and complex characters.
Whos_On_First More than 1 year ago
This book was a surprise. I'm in my late 40's and my Mom gave it to me as a gift. After months of not reading it and actually forgetting about it I picked it up and started to read. I was attached to the characters right away. I thought this was just going to be a boring book about the history of BBQ. I would call it historical fiction with lots of interesting colorful characters. A feel good light read that just happens to be centered around a BBQ restaurant in KC. I have to admit I had a huge craving for BBQ while I read and shortly after finishing I dragged the family to a whole in the wall BBQ joint which was wonderful.