Synopses & Reviews
Critics responded to T. R. Pearson's last novel, Blue Ridge
, with a chorus of praise. In Polar
, this original talent returns to spin the tale of Clayton, a ne'-er-do-well notorious among the townies for his devotion to pornographic movies on the satin channel. Suddenly without warning, he asks to be called "Titus" and appears to possess prophetic gifts (though in a trivial way), which win him fame and poularity. But what is it he is drawing on his chimney, and how can he possibly know about "satstrugi"? And, with his newfound powers, can he help in the search for a missing child? Deputy Ray Tatum unravels the mystery of Clayton's condition. Aided by his sometime girlfriend, Kit Carson, he follows the story to its surprising end in Antarctica as he deals with the crimes and follies of his own small town in Virginia.
Simultaneously funny and heartbreaking, Polar confirms what many Pearson fans have already known that his is a unique voice in contemporary fiction.
"[H]owever engaging the plot, it's the characters, the narrative voice, and the meandering stories within stories that make this latest Pearson novel indeed, each of his eight novels very special....In attempting to capture the essence of Pearson's work, many reviewers invoke the names of William Faulkner, Mark Twain, and Flannery O'Connor. All those invocations are fair, but Pearson has created a world all his own, a place that fans of southern storytelling won't want to miss." Booklist, Starred 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
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, the ever-popular A Short History of a Small Place, and Cry Me a River.