Synopses & Reviews
Father and Son tells the story of five days following Glen Davis's return to the small Mississippi town where he grew up. Five days. In this daring psychological thriller, these are five days you'll never forget.
Convicted and sentenced on a vehicular homicide charge, Glen is the bad seed--the haunted, angry, drunken, and dangerous son of Virgil and Emma Davis. Bobby Blanchard is the sheriff, as different from Glen as can be imagined, but in love with the same woman--the mother of Glen's illegitimate son.
Before he's been back in town thirty-six hours, Glen has robbed his war-crippled father, bullied and humiliated his younger brother, and rejected his son, David. Bobby finds himself sorting through the mayhem Glen leaves in his wake--a murdered bar owner, a rape, Glen's terrorized family, and the little boy who needs a father. And, as he gets closer and closer to the murderous Glen, tension builds like a Mississippi thunderstorm about to break loose.
This classic face-off of good against evil is told in the clear, unflinching voice that won Larry Brown some of literature's most prestigious awards. And, reverberating with dark excitement, biblical echoes, and a fast, cinematic pacing, this novel puts a new side of his genius on display--the ability to build suspense to an almost unbearable pitch.
Father and Son is the story of a powerfully complex kinship, an exhilarating and heart-stopping story.
1997 Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
Glen Davis is the bad seed. Before he's been back in town thirty-six hours, Glen has browbeaten his younger brother, threatened his war-crippled father, bent his lover to his will, rejected his son, killed his old enemy, and raped a virginal teenage flirt. It's Sheriff Bobby Blanchard's job to track him down in what promises to be a violent, High Noon stand-off between the two men who represent what seems pure evil and its exact opposite. What's altogether unexpected is what happens next.
1997 Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Glen Davis is the bad seed. It's Sheriff Bobby Blanchard's job to track him down in what promises to be a violent, High Noon stand-off between the two men who represent what seems pure evil and its exact opposite. "One: Larry Brown is a master. Two: FATHER AND SON . . . is a stinging, tragic history of the legacy of misery passed along from one generation to another."--Newsday. A QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB selection.
About the Author
Larry Brown was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he lived all his life. At the age of thirty, a captain in the Oxford Fire Department, he decided to become a writer and worked toward that goal for seven years before publishing his first book, Facing the Music, a collection of stories, in 1988. With the publication of his first novel, Dirty Work, he quit the fire station in order to write fulltime. Between then and his untimely death in 2004, he published seven more books. His three grown children and his widow, Mary Annie Brown, live near Oxford.