Synopses & Reviews
Maurey Pierce Talbot is too smart, too feisty, and too funny to be making such a mess of her twenty-two-year-old life. Despite denials always clever, often hilarious Maurey is rapidly becoming the town drunk. But on the May day she takes one drink too many and accidentally misplaces her baby (thereby giving her husband all the excuse he needs to boot her out), even Maurey has to admit she's hit bottom. So when two old reprobates, AA zealots both, turn up and offer her a ride in exchange for gas money, the legal cover of her still-valid driver's license, and an old horse trailer owned by her late and much-lamented dad (to haul the Coors they plan to sell illegally in the South), Maurey agrees.
And so begins one of the oddest hegiras in American roadtrip history as this less-than-cordial threesome sets out to cover twenty-five hundred miles of good-ol'-boy '70s America. What Maurey finds as she crosses the country will turn a trip into a quest and change a girl into a woman.
Sorrow Floats is Tim Sandlin at his best: zany and wry, caustic and innocent and full of a million amazing insights into the human heart. It is everything readers have come to expect from the author of Sex and Sunsets, Western Swing, and Skipped Parts. As Publishers Weekly said, "In a region heretofore dominated by Larry McMurtry, Tom McGuane, and Ed Abbey, Tim Sandlin, of Oklahoma and Wyoming, is emerging as a new and wickedly funny talent."
"Able storytelling and an engaging cast of dysfunctional modern American pilgrims animate this winning tale of the road....Despite the bickering, sarcasm, cynicism and personal tragedy that season the lives of his colorful, credible characters, Sandlin fashions a convincing tale of redemption." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Readable and obvious: Sandlin doesn't have much of a tale here, but plays it with panache. Good for your next long flight." Kirkus Reviews
"Maurey's adventures on the road...mix comedy and pathos effectively, though Sandlin gives in occasionally to some too easy sentimentality. Still, you expect a little of that on a road trip; if you don't feel free to turn maudlin on a journey to nowhere you might as well just stay home." Bill Ott, Booklist
"A raucous, surprisingly original tale." The New York Times
"A zany road trip across America starring an engaging heroine and two AA devotees occupies talented novelist Tim Sandlin in Sorrow Floats." Cosmopolitan
"A rousing piece of Americana...rowdy, raunchy...A total delight." Library Journal
"Unforgettable....Sorrow Floats has a multitude of gifts to offer laughs, real people, high drama and a crazy cross-country journey that makes it hard to put aside for long, if at all." The West Coast Review of Books
Everybody in the small town of GroVont, Wyoming, knew everybody else's business kind of like the Watergate stuff that was flooding the airwaves. But twenty-two-year-old Maurey Pierce Talbot had her own problems. Sunk low since her father died, she was still writing postcards to him in San Fran. Whiskey was her best friend. But the kicker was misplacing her baby boy on the roof of her Bronco which sent her life into a downward spiral where the only way clear was getting out of state...