The Death of Sweet Mister

The Death of Sweet Mister

By Daniel Woodrell; Dennis Lehane (Foreword by)

Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316206143, 175pp.

Publication Date: April 2012


Shug Akins is a lonely, overweight thirteen-year-old boy. His mother, Glenda, is the one person who loves him--she calls him Sweet Mister and attempts to boost his confidence and give him hope for his future. Shuggie's purported father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises the boy. Into this small-town Ozarks mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce, with his shiny green T-bird and his smart city clothes. When he and Glenda begin a torrid affair, a series of violent events is inevitably set in motion. The outcome will break your heart.

"This is Daniel Woodrell's third book set in the Ozarks and, like the other two, Give Us a Kiss and Tomato Red, it peels back the layers from lives already made bare by poverty and petty crime." --Otto Penzler, "Penzler Pick, 2001"

About the Author
Daniel Woodrell lives in the Missouri Ozarks near the Arkansas state line. His five most recent novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and "Tomato Red" won the PEN West Award for the Novel. Two novels have been adapted as major motion pictures: "Woe to Live On", filmed in 1999 by Ang Lee as "Ride with the Devil", starring Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich, and "Winter s Bone", a 2010 film accepted to the US dramatic competition category at the Sundance Film Festival.

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten novels, including the "New York Times" bestsellers "Gone, Baby, Gone"; "Mystic River"; "Shutter Island"; "The Given Day"; "Moonlight Mile"; and "Live by Night", as well as "Coronado", a collection of short stories and a play. He and his wife, Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Praise For The Death of Sweet Mister

"[Woodrell] has achieved near mastery of style: language, plot, characterization and theme mesh with a seamless power."
-Michael Anderson, New York Times Book Review

"A fiery, poetic, hair-raising novel."
-Bret Israel, Los Angeles Times

"The plot, tawdry in the abstract, is transformed by Woodrell's gallows humour and his rendering of Shug's voice, part Huck Finn, part Holden Caulfield."
-Bharat Tandon, Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)

"A dark, disturbing beauty of a story . . . Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed."
-Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain