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With this bittersweet tale of Deputy Ray Tatum's search for a missing child in the wilds of the Virginia Blue Ridge, T. R. Pearson revisits the seamier side of the South.

Among the local citizens are Ray's hothead girlfriend, his ill-tempered mongrel, and, most significantly, Clayton, a ne'er-do-well who is notorious for his devotion to pornographic movies. But Clayton has suddenly undergone a personality change: he asks to be called "Titus" and seems able to predict the future — though in random and meaningless ways. As Ray unravels the mystery of Clayton's condition and thereby closes in on his quarry, the story moves to its surprising end, never losing the poignant magical realism that is a Pearson trademark.

Review:

"Wildly and delightfully digressive, the yarn is narrated in the omniscient voice of the collective townsfolk in Pearson's signature run-on gnarly sentences....As usual, a subtle sadness counterpoints his marvelously whimsical meanderings, giving substance to this wholly enjoyable tale." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[H]owever engaging the plot, it's the characters, the narrative voice, and the meandering stories within stories that make this latest Pearson novel...very special....Pearson has created a world all his own, a place that fans of southern storytelling won't want to miss." Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Read T.R. Pearson's novel Polar for the Voice....It's that voice — the digressive, authoritative, knee-slappingly funny voice — that dominates the book and drives you forward from page to page....Pearson loves each and everyone one of his people....Reading Polar, you'll allow as how it is evermore rewarding." David Abrams, January Magazine

Review:

"Pearson's Polar is a chatty, overwritten book of seemingly endless digression and painfully overwrought prose in which every character and humanity at large are presented with sneering contempt....If the reader is looking for a snide look at humanity in which only the godlike author is intelligent, then Pearson's Polar is a perfect book." Eric Miles Williamson, The Houston Chronicle

Review:

"[The] strong narrative engines are not what really drives Polar....Pearson seeks to...capture the feel of small town life and the myriad personalities that give it texture, without resorting to the usual platitudes that pretend such towns have more than their share of unspoiled innocence....Using the prism of Tatum's grief, Pearson critiques small-town pretensions and, by extension, America's chronic hypocrisies." Lynn Hamilton, BookPage

Synopsis:

With this bittersweet tale of Deputy Ray Tatum's search for a missing child in the wilds of the Virginia Blue Ridge, Pearson revisits the seamier side of the South. Among the local citizens are Ray's hothead girlfriend, his ill-tempered mongrel, and Clayton, a ne'er-do-well who is notorious for his devotion to pornographic movies.

Synopsis:

With this bittersweet tale of Deputy Ray Tatum's search for a missing child in the wilds of the Virginia Blue Ridge, T. R. Pearson revisits the seamier side of the South. Among the local citizens are Ray's hothead girlfriend, his ill-tempered mongrel, and, most significantly, Clayton, a ne'er-do-well who is notorious for his devotion to pornographic movies. But Clayton has suddenly undergone a personality change: he asks to be called "Titus" and seems able to predict the future-though in random and meaningless ways. As Ray unravels the mystery of Clayton's condition and thereby closes in on his quarry, the story moves to its surprising end, never losing the poignant magical realism that is a Pearson trademark.

About the Author

T. R. Pearson is the author of eight novels, including Blue Ridge, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and A Short History of a Small Place.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142001721
Author:
Pearson, T. R.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
no. 23
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.71x5.06x.49 in. .39 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142001721 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Wildly and delightfully digressive, the yarn is narrated in the omniscient voice of the collective townsfolk in Pearson's signature run-on gnarly sentences....As usual, a subtle sadness counterpoints his marvelously whimsical meanderings, giving substance to this wholly enjoyable tale."
"Review" by , "[H]owever engaging the plot, it's the characters, the narrative voice, and the meandering stories within stories that make this latest Pearson novel...very special....Pearson has created a world all his own, a place that fans of southern storytelling won't want to miss."
"Review" by , "Read T.R. Pearson's novel Polar for the Voice....It's that voice — the digressive, authoritative, knee-slappingly funny voice — that dominates the book and drives you forward from page to page....Pearson loves each and everyone one of his people....Reading Polar, you'll allow as how it is evermore rewarding."
"Review" by , "Pearson's Polar is a chatty, overwritten book of seemingly endless digression and painfully overwrought prose in which every character and humanity at large are presented with sneering contempt....If the reader is looking for a snide look at humanity in which only the godlike author is intelligent, then Pearson's Polar is a perfect book."
"Review" by , "[The] strong narrative engines are not what really drives Polar....Pearson seeks to...capture the feel of small town life and the myriad personalities that give it texture, without resorting to the usual platitudes that pretend such towns have more than their share of unspoiled innocence....Using the prism of Tatum's grief, Pearson critiques small-town pretensions and, by extension, America's chronic hypocrisies."
"Synopsis" by , With this bittersweet tale of Deputy Ray Tatum's search for a missing child in the wilds of the Virginia Blue Ridge, Pearson revisits the seamier side of the South. Among the local citizens are Ray's hothead girlfriend, his ill-tempered mongrel, and Clayton, a ne'er-do-well who is notorious for his devotion to pornographic movies.
"Synopsis" by , With this bittersweet tale of Deputy Ray Tatum's search for a missing child in the wilds of the Virginia Blue Ridge, T. R. Pearson revisits the seamier side of the South. Among the local citizens are Ray's hothead girlfriend, his ill-tempered mongrel, and, most significantly, Clayton, a ne'er-do-well who is notorious for his devotion to pornographic movies. But Clayton has suddenly undergone a personality change: he asks to be called "Titus" and seems able to predict the future-though in random and meaningless ways. As Ray unravels the mystery of Clayton's condition and thereby closes in on his quarry, the story moves to its surprising end, never losing the poignant magical realism that is a Pearson trademark.
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