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Pick-up Sticks

Pick-up Sticks

by Brooks Tigner

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Think #MeToo, #HeToo problem new? Think again.

Cross "The Help" with "Ordinary People" on steroids and you get this ominous family tale from the '60s. Its claws sink in slowly, but they lacerate the wounds America suffers today. Mixing sweat-inducing scenes with laugh-out-loud passages, Brooks Tigner's Pick-up Sticks compels the reader towards its fatal but poignant conclusions about race, class and abuse. A first retroactive"WeToo" novel:

A widow with a five-year old boy in 1964 had little chance of getting hitched again in small-town Texas, but Cathy got lucky: she married a doctor and thus replaced the father figure her son Carey had lost the year before. Or so she thought.

He had a big house with a full-time maid, Cilla, and handyman Lamar, her son, who kept the yard impeccable between his other odd jobs.

Sev was sophisticated, cultured, disciplined, hard-working. And self-medicating: a darkening habit - feeding other, darker ones - whose tentacles spread out in sinister ways to envelope Lamar, others across the county's impoverished black community and, ultimately, Carey himself.

Only Cilla is witness to the evolving malaise. But it is Felicia, Lamar's girlfriend, who pieces it all together. She pays a high price for it, but is by no means the only who gets the short end of the stick.

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BN ID: 2940161541036
Publisher: Tunnel's End Press
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 951 KB

About the Author

Brooks Tigner is a career journalist and editor born in Texas but based in Brussels where he has reported on the EU and NATO for the past 30 years. His writing got an early start when, at age nine, he and neighborhood kids produced a (somewhat) weekly newspaper for several summers, flogging it to parents and whatever luckless stranger would pay a nickel for it. It was better than selling lemonade on a blazing hot sidewalk.

Though Pick-up Sticks is his first novel, its deadly serious themes gestated for many years in the imagination, waiting for a convergence of America’s woes – economic, racial, sexual – for readers to readily ingest its Great Society-era setting and story. That convergence is now upon us.

His next novel will be lighter – a social comedy set in 1980s New York amidst White Russians pining for a Czarist restoration.

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