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This Crooked Way
     

This Crooked Way

by Elizabeth Spencer
 

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Elizabeth Spencer presents a vital, moving story set in the deep South—the Delta and Mississippi hill country. Amos Dudley was a farm boy in the Delta country at the turn of the century until he started working for his brother Ephraim in the store by the railroad. It was an ordinary enough environment in which to begin to feel the strange forces that move a

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Elizabeth Spencer presents a vital, moving story set in the deep South—the Delta and Mississippi hill country. Amos Dudley was a farm boy in the Delta country at the turn of the century until he started working for his brother Ephraim in the store by the railroad. It was an ordinary enough environment in which to begin to feel the strange forces that move a man to set his course in the world.

But the forces working within Amos were by no means ordinary. Sometimes cruel, sometimes suddenly tender, they were strong and willful, so that Amos became a man to reckon with—to Ary, his beautiful, plantation-born wife, to the woman in the bayou, to the shiftless philosopher, Arney. Even the rich black swamp soil which he wrested from the forest and gave to his cotton seemed to respond with awe and eagerness to Amos’s will. His sensuous, wayward daughter and the man she loved especially felt the full shattering drama of the violence which had evidently been building—building in the fate of a man who, regardless, takes his own crooked way.

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The New York Times
It is a story, locally sound and yet universal, about the sin of lonely striving and the saving grace of human love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617032189
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Series:
Banner Books Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author


Elizabeth Spencer is the author of nine novels, seven collections of short stories, a memoir, and a play. Her novella The Light in the Piazza (1960) was adapted for the screen in 1962 and transformed into a Tony-winning Broadway musical of the same name in 2005. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

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