The Boar by Joe R. Lansdale
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It’s the summer of ’33 and the Depression has the Dale family living “close to the bone.” While his father travels with the carnival, hoping to win prize money for wrestling, fifteen year-old Ricky takes charge of the farm and family. All he really wants to do, though, is be a writer. “The idea was comfortable, like drinking a big cup of hot coffee on a cold morning and having it spread around inside your stomach.” But then their corn crop is ripped up by the roots and their dog killed by Old Satan, the Devil Boar. With his best friend Abraham, an old Winchester, a shield and spear and guidance from Uncle Pharaoh, Richard Harold Dale sets out to even the score.

Readers may recognize some of The Boar’s characters from Lansdale’s Edgar-award winning novel, The Bottoms. Along with Sunset and Sawdust and the recently-published YA novel, All the Earth Thrown to the Sky, the less well-known Boar is a jewel-like addition to Lansdale’s Depression-era East Texas “country noir.”
 

About Joe R. Lansdale

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Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Sunset and Sawdust, Lost Echoes, and Leather Maiden. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and eight Bram Stoker Awards. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.
 
Published September 15, 2011 by Gere Donovan Press. 200 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Westerns, Children's Books. Fiction

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Best known for his celebrated mysteries featuring Hap Collins and Leonard Pine (The Two-Bear Mambo, Bad Chili), Lansdale wrote this shopworn coming-of-age tale in 1983 when he was still sunk in obscur

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His introduction explains that he set out to produce a YA novel like those by Gary Paulsen and Robert Cormier because, to his mind, their work was ""closer to literary novels than those written for adults."" Set in 1933 during the early Depression, with whispers of Mark Twain and an echo of Faulk...

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