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The Prince of Frogtownby Rick Bragg
Synopses & Reviews
In this final volume of the beloved American saga that began with All Over but the Shoutin’ and continued with Ava’s Man, Rick Bragg closes his circle of family stories with an unforgettable tale about fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with his ten-year-old stepson.
He learns, right from the start, that a man who chases a woman with a child is like a dog who chases a car and wins. He discovers that he is unsuited to fatherhood, unsuited to fathering this boy in particular, a boy who does not know how to throw a punch and doesn’t need to; a boy accustomed to love and affection rather than violence and neglect; in short, a boy wholly unlike the child Rick once was, and who longs for a relationship with Rick that Rick hasn’t the first inkling of how to embark on. With the weight of this new boy tugging at his clothes, Rick sets out to understand his father, his son, and himself.
The Prince of Frogtown documents a mesmerizing journey back in time to the lush Alabama landscape of Rick’s youth, to Jacksonville’s one-hundred-year-old mill, the town’s blight and salvation; and to a troubled, charismatic hustler coming of age in its shadow, Rick’s father, a man bound to bring harm even to those he truly loves. And the book documents the unexpected corollary to it, the marvelous journey of Rick’s later life: a journey into fatherhood, and toward a child for whom he comes to feel a devotion that staggers him. With candor, insight, tremendous humor, and the remarkable gift for descriptive storytelling on which he made his name, Rick Bragg delivers a brilliant and moving rumination on the lives of boys and men, a poignant reflection on what it means to be a father and a son.
A final volume in a series of memoirs that began with All Over but the Shoutin' and Ava's Man details his quest to uncover the truth about the father he had never known and his unseen influence on his life and the choices he has made, inspired by his own relationship with his ten-year-old stepson. 200,000 first printing.
About the Author
Rick Bragg’s All Over but the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, I Am a Soldier, Too, and Somebody Told Me are available in Vintage paperback.
Table of Contents
In a cloud of smoke — The village — Bob — Fearless — The bootlegger's rhythm — Flying Jenny — My fair Orvalene — The hanging — Settin' the world on fire — What you're supposed to do — At least a hundred dollars then — Ross — Dallas — Ride — One friend — Amen — The circle.
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