Facing the Music by Larry Brown
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Facing the Music, Larry Brown’s first book, was originally published in 1988 to wide critical acclaim. As the St. Petersburg Times review pointed out, the central theme of these ten stories “is the ageless collision of man with woman, woman with man--with the frequent introduction of that other familiar couple, drinking and violence. Most often ugly, love is nevertheless graceful, however desperate the situation.”

There’s some glare from the brutally bright light Larry Brown shines on his subjects. This is the work of a writer unafraid to gaze directly at characters challenged by crisis and pathology. But for readers who are willing to look, unblinkingly, along with the writer, there are unusual rewards.

 

About Larry Brown

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Larry Brown was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he lived all his life. At the age of thirty, a captain in the Oxford Fire Department, he decided to become a writer and worked toward that goal for seven years before publishing his first book, Facing the Music, a collection of stories, in 1988. With the publication of his first novel, Dirty Work, he quit the fire station in order to write fulltime. Between then and his untimely death in 2004, he published seven more books. His three grown children and his widow, Mary Annie Brown, live near Oxford.
 
Published January 9, 1996 by Algonquin Books. 189 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ten raw and strictly 100-proof stories make up one of the more exciting debuts of recent memory—fiction that's gritty and genuine, and funny in a hard-luck way.

Sep 30 1988 | Read Full Review of Facing the Music (Front Porch...

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Brown uses vernacular speech to good effect in these 10 raw, festering tales of the Deep South. His protagonists, nearly all men, seek escape in booze, sex, TV, religion and fantasy. ``There is an unv

Jan 26 2014 | Read Full Review of Facing the Music (Front Porch...

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A fireman-turned-writer from Oxford, Miss., Faulkner's hometown, Brown uses vernacular speech to good effect in these 10 raw, festering tales of the Deep South. His protagonists, nearly all men, seek

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Fireman-turned-writer Brown's 1988 debut collection of short stories. (Sept.)

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