Tomato Red: A Novel

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In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you're born in Venus Holler, you're not much. For Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition, Venus Holler just won't cut it. Jamalee sees her brother Jason, blessed with drop-dead gorgeous looks and the local object of female obsession, as her ticket out of town. But Jason may just be gay, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks that is the most dangerous and courageous thing a man could be.

Enter Sammy ...

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Overview

In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you're born in Venus Holler, you're not much. For Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition, Venus Holler just won't cut it. Jamalee sees her brother Jason, blessed with drop-dead gorgeous looks and the local object of female obsession, as her ticket out of town. But Jason may just be gay, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks that is the most dangerous and courageous thing a man could be.

Enter Sammy Barlach, a loser ex-con passing through a tired nowhere on the way to a fresher nowhere. Jamalee thinks Sammy is just the kind of muscle she and Jason need.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dan Woodrell does for the Ozarks what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles."—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

"A shimmering novel, rich with insight...a pleasure... Zooms on the rocket fuel of Woodrell's explosively original language."—The Washington Post Book World

"Woodrell's storytelling is as melodic, jangly and energetic as a good banjo riff.... Sammy Barlach's story is a tragedy, but the telling of it is a pleasure."—Valerie Sayers, The New York Times Book Review

The Washington Post Book World
"A shimmering novel, rich with insight...a pleasure... Zooms on the rocket fuel of Woodrell's explosively original language."
Richard Eder
"Dan Woodrell does for the Ozarks what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles."
Valerie Sayers
"Woodrell's storytelling is as melodic, jangly and energetic as a good banjo riff.... Sammy Barlach's story is a tragedy, but the telling of it is a pleasure."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316206211
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 308,202
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Great Read

    Tomato Red was a good read, but had a tendency to jump around a lot.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite Sammy lives in

    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite Sammy lives in that
    part of society that is typically known as the scum of the earth among
    the snobs and the like. He doesn't care what they think because he knows
    that he has probably got to steal them blind and move one (while they
    collect their precious insurance money and replace it all anyway). As
    everything goes in his life, he becomes acquainted with a brother and
    sister, Jason and Jamalee (and their mother), and then with a part of
    their own world and hassles. Jason is eye candy to the women clients at
    the beauty shop even though it is well known that the teenager is gay.
    Jamalee is counting on him to be her ticket out of the small Ozark town
    to a life that sure as hell must be better than where they are now. Her
    tomato red hair equals the fire of her temper and determination. Her
    mother, a woman about town if you know what I mean, lives next door and
    prefers to be called by her first name lest her man friends think her
    old. When Jason is found in a local green scum covered pond and the
    coroner records it accidental, the rest of the group think differently
    and aim to prove that the country club snobs are involved. This is a
    mesmerizing audio book to say the least! The cast is amazingly in Ozark
    character and so believable that you will feel as if you were sitting at
    the booth behind them as Sammy shares the tale. Bravo to the author!
    This is one of my favorite books I have read recently.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2011

    Loved reading this book!

    Really great in every way. Story, dialogue, everything. If Charles Portis and Raymond Chandler had a baby, he would be Daniel Woodrell.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    Huge Dissapointment

    Even though it reflects an interesting "hick" culture that I am not used to being in, it jumps around without explaining much or answering any questions. it left me dissapointed and confused.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Woodrell's stories are great--but it is the voice of his charact

    Woodrell's stories are great--but it is the voice of his characters that stay with you. 
    This is the fourth novel of his that I've read, and I can't get enough of him. He introduces you to a region of the country,
    and a piece of society you might not ever cross paths with, and although the characters are usually hard-boiled and VERY rough
    around the edges, you end up liking, or at the very least empathizing with them. Woodrell is a wonderful storyteller and a master
    of language. His stories which center on abject lifelong poverty and how it affects people, can be dark, but there is humor too. Anything by Woodrell is worth reading. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Fair

    Not what I was hopeing for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Lish

    Really good. Want a review and get 9 out of 13 "comments" that are idiot children playing idiot games. So much for wanting to know about this book. So not buying it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Samantha

    Hey! I want S.e.z

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    To jake

    Ew you nasty - ally

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    A

    Any one wanna do me?

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Gingersong

    Peeks through the den unnoticed.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    TOMATOES ARE GREEN FOOLS WHO NEED A LIFE

    There better with cream sauce and roasted pig.HARUMPH

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Starshine

    Really? Ok. Think up 2 powers for yourself. 1 major and 1 minor. I am leader of Legendclan at starshine res 1.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    NKLRNC57

    DID YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU JUMPS OFF A WHALE YOU WILL SUDDENLY SEE YOUR GRANDMA IN A RESTERAUNT PEELING AVACADOS WITH? IT IS SO TRUE LIKE THE TIME WHEN THA HIPPO STOLE MY UMBRELLA AND HIP HOPPED TO JUSTIN BIEBER. SCREW THAT IM THE ONLY ONE THAS ALLOWED TO HAVE ISSUES!! THAT VULTURE IS GONNA STEAL MY POTATO JUST LIKE THAT I LIKE TRAINS KID OMIGOSH THATS JUST PURE GINGERBREAD!!! EVERYTIME YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR THERE IS A PINEAPPLE BEING LEFT ALL ALONE IN THE STREET SO HAVE A HEART AND DO THIS FLASH MOB WITH ME IN FRONT OF WAL MART. FREAK YES THATS THE WAY UH HUH UH HUH WE LIKE IT! XD (Da swagsta, or NKLRNC57, is oooout like da shexeh beasht she realeh ish XD)

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Chris

    Uhhhh im chris and bi think shadows dont exist because you ca feel them touch them or taste it so to ny logic they dont exsist. Other evidence shows that things like blankets steal the ears of little children at night because they are yummy and taste like chicken.....i once interviewed a blanket it promply answered my questions with a blank stare then ate my ears

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Drpy derple

    Come sign up!!!!! Name and additional info.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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