This provocative novel takes the reader on a wild ride inside the mind of a Mississippi Delta good-old-boy ex-deputy sheriff who is as vicious and racist as the worst 1950s-’60s stereotypes. Junior Ray Loveblood narrates the story in his own profane, colloquial voice, telling why he hates just about everybody and why he wants to shoot Leland Shaw, a shell-shocked World War II hero and poet who is hiding in a silo from what he believes are German patrols. Through a series of sleights of hand, misdirections, and near misses, Junior Ray and his sidekick Voyd give a dark tour of the Delta country as they chase their mysterious prey. Junior Ray’s thoughts are peppered with excerpts from Shaw’s notebooks - sometimes starkly different from Junior Ray’s diatribe, sometimes eerily similarand by the end of the story, it is up to the reader to sort out whose reality is more fantastic, Shaw’s or Loveblood’s, as the one stalks the other through the pages of this highly original and darkly comedic story.
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About the Author
John Pritchard grew up in the Mississippi Delta, a place of dark and elemental myth that inspired him to write. He currently lives in Memphis, where he has taught college-level Englishoften in knickersfor most of the last thirty-two years. Barnes and Noble named his debut novel Junior Ray one of their Top Ten Sensational Debut Novels for 2005.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had the honor of learning from this author in my second semester of college as well as the honor of reading both Junior Ray and Yazoo Blues. Mr. Pritchard's knowledge of the Mississippi Delta is astounding and it shows in his writing. I could not put down either book! He is every bit as witty in person as he is in his writing =) and I would love to see more of his works on store book shelves! By the way do try the recipes XD
Never have I in the hundreds of books I have read laughed out loud so much when reading Junior Ray. The author's honest, provocative writing is so crystal clear and so hilarious you can't help but fall in love with this book.
Confederacy of Dunces meets its little brother in a hillarious character study that defies expectation at every turn of the page. I laughed, screamed, and chuckled all the way through this very literate and actually complex depiction of rural life in a Faulkneresque south.
Not since reading Toole's 'A Confederacy of Dunces' have I disturbed my wife so while I was reading a book. Outrageous to imagine and courageous to commit to print. John Pritchard has a fresh and honest voice. He refuses to censor a single thought. This book begs for a public reading ala Symphony Space.