True Cross by T. R. Pearson

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Polar and Blue Ridge, T. R. Pearson's last two novels, invited comparisons to the fiction of Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor and prompted The New York Times Book Review to declare him "one of the modern South's shrewdest satirists."

Paul Tatum is a small-town accountant. He stands at a comfortable remove from the rest of the world, even from his clients, who trust him to make fiscal, sometimes emotional, sense of their lives. His neighbor Stoney, a local fix-it man, is even more of a recluse. Their "friendship" consists mostly of nonverbal companionship, but when the two men become fixated on a local damsel in distress, Paul goads Stoney into an inexorable course of action that will have tragic consequences for all. Ranging from rural Virginia to Venice, True Cross is Pearson at his best.

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T. R. Pearson is the author of eight novels, including the classic A Short History of a Small Place.
Published July 5, 2013 by Barking Mad Press. 212 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Believing Maud to be abused by her brutish Mafia-connected lawyer husband, Paul enlists the aid of his neighbor Stoney, a local jack-of-all-trades who is the spitting image of the dragon-slayer hero in Carpaccio's famous 16th-century masterpiece, St. George and the Dragon.

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