One Mississippi by Mark Childress
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"There is nothing small about Childress's fine novel. It's big in all the ways that matter - big in daring, big in insight, and big-hearted. Really, really big-hearted." -New Orleans Times-Picayune

This exuberantly acclaimed novel by the author of the bestselling Crazy in Alabama tells an uproarious and moving story about family, best friends, first love, and surviving the scariest years of your life.

You need only one best friend, Daniel Musgrove figures, to make it through high school alive. After his family moves to Mississippi just before his junior year, Daniel finds fellow outsider Tim Cousins. The two become inseparable, sharing a fascination with ridicule, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, and Arnita Beecham, the most bewitching girl at Minor High. But soon things go terribly wrong. The friends commit a small crime that grows larger and larger, and threatens to engulf the whole town. Arnita, the first black prom queen in the history of the school, is injured and wakes up a different person. And Daniel, Tim, and their families are swept up in a shocking chain of events.

"Wise, riveting, hilarious, painful, gentle, and ferocious, One Mississippi is a wonderful read." -Anne Lamott

"A Tilt-a-Whirl that flings the reader from comedy to calamity. . . . Childress is a fabulist in the manner of John Irving." -Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"By turns rollicking and troubling, as provocative as it is droll, One Mississippi is about as easy to resist as a riptide. This critic's advice is to go with its powerful flow." -Raleigh News & Observer
 

About Mark Childress

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Mark Childress was born in Monroeville, Alabama. He is the author of five previous novels and three books for children. He has lived in Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, California, Costa Rica, and currently lives in New York City.
 
Published September 19, 2007 by Back Bay Books. 401 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Feeling guilty, Daniel starts helping out around her parents’ home and spending time with the confused, but undeniably lovely, girl.

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(“I don’t have anything against black people,” she reassures her parents.) By the time Tim and Daniel supply a joint to Cher, it’s pretty clear all bets are off, narrative-wise.

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Monsters and Critics

more Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso - who married in a small ceremony in 2005 - are planning to renew their vows in St. Lucia next month.

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:) Report this comment Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso - who married in a small ceremony in 2005 - are planning to renew their vows in St. Lucia next month.

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When the first black prom queen of Minor High School is hit by a car and emerges from her coma believing she\'s white, best friends Daniel and Tim find themselves caught up in a shocking chain of events that leads to a shattering climax.

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