The Tilted World: A Novel

The Tilted World: A Novel


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ISBN-13: 9780062069191
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 225,634
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tom Franklin is the New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award. His previous works include Poachers, Hell at the Breech, and Smonk. He teaches in the University of Mississippi's MFA program.

Beth Ann Fennelly has published three volumes of poetry and a work of nonfiction, Great with Child. She directs the University of Mississippi's MFA program.

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The Tilted World 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew nothing about the Great Flood of Mississippi in 1927 until I read this amazing story. Tilted World is a fiction novel that is so rich with detail from that time period I really felt like I learned about a piece of American history in a region previously unknown to me. This book has everything--mystery, suspense, bootleggers, corrupt cops, revenue agents (admittedly I never heard that term before this book), flappers, murder, and a great disaster. I just finished the book the other day, but the characters are still in my head and I find myself thinking of them and what their future will hold. I haven't read anything from Tom Franklin before but I might pick up his earlier book Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. I also adore that this story was written by a husband and wife team. Very sweet. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of historical fiction. And it even reminded me a bit of the HBO show Boardwalk Empire. I think Titled World would appeal to both men and women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Tilted World by Franklin, Tom (William Morrow) Riveting historical drama. Bootleggers, revenuers, massive flood, forbidden love and a baby make for a rich page-turning can't stop reading story. Tom Franklin (with Beth Ann Fennelly) once again brings us to the deep south with all the characters you would expect and more. This book/story played out like an action packed movie, the descriptions and feel were picture perfect. I loved Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, now I am going to spread word of The Tilted World to everyone that appreciates the art of storytelling and the written word. Cannot wait until the release so I can spread the joy of one of my newly discovered favorite writers that will not disappoint.        
lynnski0723 More than 1 year ago
I definitely recommend this one. It's a love story but not a romance novel or "chick-lit". There's more to it than that. And it keeps a good pace throughout the whole book - it always kept me coming back.
SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
The Mississippi River was home to Dixie Clay after she married her husband, Jesse. at the ripe old age of sixteen. She really didn't know anything about what he did for a living, and she certainly didn't know he was a bootlegger. THE TILTED WORLD is set in Mississippi during the flooding in the 1920's and has a very eccentric set of characters. There are bootleggers, revenuers trying to catch the bootleggers, women who are supporting their bootlegging husbands, and a baby who along with Dixie Clay are two of the main characters, and the characters that carry the storyline. Dixie Clay and the baby will warm your heart, and Jesse will make you want to set him straight for how he treats Dixie Clay. Ingersoll and Ham are the revenuers who have out-of-the ordinary backgrounds...especially Ingersoll. Ingersoll’s background tells his story in flashbacks. His background made him the “sweet” man Dixie Clay became ‘sweet” on. Franklin and Fennelly are master storytellers, and their detail is incredible. You will easily feel the river rising, the steels bubbling, the energy in the speakeasies, and the life that was lead in Mississippi at this time. The writing is smooth and easy and will pull you in just as the river does as the story unfolds. The book is definitely character driven and quite easy to become involved with the characters whether they are upstanding or not. There actually aren't too many upstanding characters, but I really enjoyed THE TILTED WORLD once it got on its way. I didn't know what to expect at first, but THE TILTED WORLD is quite appealing because of the characters and the amazing writing. You will also find out the meaning of the title. The ending will have you on the edge of your seat, but it will also have you smiling. 4/5 This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher and without compensation in return for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could be made into an awesome movie.
Cranky1 More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a very good book. Yes it was a love story but not a romance. It also taught me about a time in America I knew nothing about. I also loved Crooked letter Crooked lettee by him. I think he is a great author and recommend his books.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings If you have followed this blog for some time then you know I like historical fiction.  The reason I like it is because I feel like I am learning, but without the horrible symbolism talks or pop quizzes!  I was excited to read that this book was based on a historical event that doesn't get much buzz - a flood in Mississippi in 1927. Dixie Clay married a man that she thought sold fur and would be the husband and father that she always dreamed of; instead he became a bootlegger and so did she.  It is Prohibition time and the whiskey industry is very underground.  At the same time in this small town in Mississippi they have seen gobs of rain and their levees are straining under the pressure.  Both Dixie Clay and a revenuer tell the story - it was nice to get both sides of the business and the story from one who has been in the town for a while and from a visitor.  
Twink More than 1 year ago
Oh, where to start.....I absolutely loved The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly! I literally started the book on a Sunday morning and feverishly read until I turned the last page the same night. Franklin and Fennelly have set their book in 1927 Mississippi - at the time of one of the greatest natural disasters ever to occur in the US. The flood flattened 'almost a million homes, drowning twenty-seven thousand square miles and the water remained for four months. Over 330,000 people were rescued from trees, roofs, and levees." Dixie Clay Holliver lives along the Mississippi at a bend in the river called Hobnob. Dixie's life isn't quite what she imagined it would be when she married Jesse. Turns out that Jesse is a moonshiner. The loss of her infant son has only added to her grief at the direction her life has taken. But, Dixie does the cooking now - she's better at it than Jesse. Teddy Ingersoll is a revenuer. In this time of prohibition, Teddy and his partner Ham are always on the move. On their way to Hobnob to investigate the disappearance of two other agents, they come across the lone survivor of a shoot out - an infant boy. Inexplicably, Ingersoll is determined to find a home for the child. When they arrive in Hobnob, Dixie Clay is mentioned as woman who might take in an orphan. And with that, Dixie and Ingersoll's lives and fates are crossed. The Tilted World is such a strong novel is every sense of the world. The characters are brilliant. I was so captured by Dixie Clay - her strength, fortitude and abilities belie the hurt beneath her tough exterior. Ingersoll is much the same, with that same strength and fortitude, but no real purpose or direction in his heart. The setting is just as much of a character in the book as Dixie and Ingersoll. Franklin and Fennelly have done a phenomenal job in bringing time and place to the page. The detailed descriptions of the town, the woods and most of all, the water created vivid mental images for this reader. Dual narratives are used in The Tilted World to good effect, allowing the reader to be privy to the thoughts of both protagonists. The Tilted World exemplifies storytelling at it's finest. I was completely caught up in Franklin and Fennelly's tale. I knew what I wanted to happen, I was afraid of what might happen and I couldn't read fast enough to see what did happen. The Tilted World is absolutely recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The background of the flood and the moon shining was interesting since I was born in MS and have seen pictures of all that water!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So well written. Not many books take place in the 1920's, so interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice story. I loved the characters and the history of the mississippi flood.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
The year is 1927, and mid-southern states are about to be flooded.  This disaster pushed Hubert Hoover into the White House, and is a disaster very little remembered.  I had never heard about this massive flooding, and was amazed by the huge loss of people and buildings.  This is a fictional account of that flooding and a story into the life and times of moon shiners.  Again, I learned the reason behind the label of moon shiner and a brief lesson in moon shining.  Any book that teaches me something new, but still provides an interesting story is a book worth reading.  The writing flows nicely, but the story falls apart at the end.  The massive waters surge through towns and farms, and the story just ebbs away.
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I bought this book on the 2.99 and under. It was a good read.
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