Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell

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In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you're born in Venus Holler, you're not much. For Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition, Venus Holler just won't cut it. Jamalee sees her brother Jason, blessed with drop-dead gorgeous looks and the local object of female obsession, as her ticket out of town. But Jason may just be gay, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks that is the most dangerous and courageous thing a man could be.

Enter Sammy Barlach, a loser ex-con passing through a tired nowhere on the way to a fresher nowhere. Jamalee thinks Sammy is just the kind of muscle she and Jason need.

About Daniel Woodrell

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Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.
Published April 24, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 210 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Crime. Fiction

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Woodrell’s loser narrator, 24-year-old Sammy Barlach, comes from Blue Knee, Arkansas, —an hour and a tall beer to the Delta side of Little Rock.— A self-described —cranked-out dipshit,— Sammy can—t hold a job or a woman and soon falls into the —nutsy actin— — of two other, less lumpy lumpen prole...

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""You're no angel, you know how this stuff comes to happen: Friday is payday and it's been a gray day sogged by slow ugly rain and you seek company in your gloom...."" So begins the bravura first paragraph of Woodrell's sixth novel (after Give Us a Kiss).

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Daniel Woodrell’s novel Tomato Red, available at most Denver new and used booksellers, is narrated by the scrappy ex-con Sammy Barlach.

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