A Miracle of Catfish

A Miracle of Catfish

A Novel in Progress

Book - 2007
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Larry Brown has been a force in American literature since taking critics by storm with his debut collection, Facing the Music , in 1988. His subsequent work--five novels, another story collection, and two books of nonfiction--continued to bring extraordinary praise and national attention to the writer New York Newsday called a "master."

In November 2004, Brown sent the nearly completed manuscript of his sixth novel to his literary agent. A week later, he died of a massive heart attack. He was fifty-three years old.

A Miracle of Catfish is that novel. Brown's trademarks--his raw detail, pared-down prose, and characters under siege--are all here.

This beautiful, heartbreaking anthem to the writer's own North Mississippi land and the hard-working, hard-loving, hard-losing men it spawns is the story of one year in the lives of five characters--an old farmer with a new pond he wants stocked with baby catfish; a bankrupt fish pond stocker who secretly releases his forty-pound brood catfish into the farmer's pond; a little boy from the trailer home across the road who inadvertently hooks the behemoth catfish; the boy's inept father; and a former convict down the road who kills a second time to save his daughter.

That Larry Brown died so young, and before he could see A Miracle of Catfish published, is a tragedy. That he had time to enrich the legacy of his work with this remarkable book is a blessing.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781565125360
1565125363
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xv, 455 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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