Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men by Padgett Powell

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



At her kitchen table somewhere in the South, Padgett Powell's narrator embarks on a spirited and often hilarious imagining of certain historical figures and current national preoccupations. Ostensibly writing her grocery list, Mrs. Hollingsworth most happily loses her sense of herself. Her list becomes a discovery of the things she has and those she lacks, including men -- even her own husband.
Mrs. Hollingsworth begins her list by imagining a lost-love story in which she is playful with and disdainful of the conventions of Southern literature. Soon tiring of that, she decides to turn up her imagination. For reasons unclear to her, the Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, an icon of the Lost Cause, rides into her tired lost-love story. He appears as a hologram created by a media giant, Roopit Mogul, who aims to find the real New Southerner -- in a man who can recognize General Forrest's image. Into this surreal atmosphere enter Mrs. Hollingsworth's all too real daughters, the forgotten husband, Mr. and Mrs. Mogul, the boys of the neighborhood, and petty criminals named Oswald and Bundy. Within this singular narrative collage, strong tenderness arises, with accounts of genuine lost love, both familial and wholly romantic. MRS HOLLINGSWORTH'S MEN is a remarkable achievement, full of style and feeling.

About Padgett Powell

See more books from this Author
Padgett Powell has received the Prix de Rome of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, a Whiting Writer's Award, & a nomination for the National Book Award for his first novel, "Edisto." He resides in Gainesville, Florida.
Published January 1, 2000 by HOUGHTON MIFFLIN CO@. 134 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

More of Powell's Coover-esque, hyperkinetic art, action, color, voices, and opinions, all rolled together often brilliantly into something called—well, a novel.

Nov 02 2000 | Read Full Review of Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

and is chosen as the representative New Southerner by two perfect clowns (Rape and Hod), who are in the employ of a communications tycoon named Roopit Mogul and are armed with the mega-zap-gun-cum-video camera he’s given them, which is the hyperbole- and hallucination-producing instrument that ma...

| Read Full Review of Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

They were an army of presumers who presumed to legislate what everyone else did, thought, felt, should do, should think, should feel."" Mrs. Hollingsworth conjures up General Forrest as the man to oppose the army of presumers.

| Read Full Review of Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men

Reader Rating for Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men

An aggregated and normalized score based on 11 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review