Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

By Tom Franklin; Kevin Kenerly (Read by)
(Blackstone Audiobooks, MP3 CD, 9781441763440)

Publication Date: October 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Compact Disc, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2010 Indie Next List
“This is a spellbinding novel about friendship, honesty and race relations in Mississippi. The two main characters, Silas Jones and Larry Ott are childhood friends who have been separated by circumstance and time. Now, adults, they are thrust in each other's path again when a girl goes missing and the past must be confronted. A thriller as well as a character study, this powerful and redemptive novel, reminiscent of Dennis Lehane and Attica Locke, is unforgettable.”
-- Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

Sunday, Oct 3, 2010

The title of Tom Franklin's new book is Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. If you know what that means, then you can also probably imagine the Deep South small town, the legacy of racism and the economic despair that shape the characters. Guest host Rebecca Roberts speaks with Franklin about his novel, part crime drama, part coming-of-age story and part portrait of a small town largely left behind by the 21st century. More at

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  1. The epigraph reveals the origins of the novel's title. Why do you think Tom Franklin chose to use "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter"? What significance does it hold for the story?

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