Barry Hannah is widely considered one of the foremost torchbearers of
contemporary Southern storytelling. He hates that. "No really good
writer could be merely Southern," he insists. "A fiction writer
isn't provincial, ever. He should be sending back news from the front,
news somebody else might not know about, and it should be interesting
and entertaining." He needn't worry. No one has ever called Barry
Hannah provincial and he's far more than interesting! Since his
early work inspired Truman Capote to dub him "the maddest writer
in the U.S.A.," Hannah has been known for his raw depictions of the
interior lives of festering rural misfits, his ability to transfix readers
with the simple audacity of his storytelling, and last but not
least his raging, rhapsodic sentences.
Yonder Stands Your Orphan,
Hannah's first novel in ten years, is vintage Hannah, the work of a true
master at the height of his powers. Indigent orphans, eccentric old-timers,
pompous sheriffs, aging whores, and one very evil Conway Twitty look-alike,
emerge from and collide in "the sizzling poetry of [Hannah's] every
phrase and sentence." It's news from the front, and the war is getting
interesting. Farely, Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Barry Hannah has been acclaimed by Larry McMurtry as "the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O'Connor." In his new novel, the first since 1991's Never Die, he again displays the master craftsmanship and wickedly brilliant storytelling that have earned him a deserved reputation as a modern master. In Yonder Stands Your Orphan, denizens of a lake community near Vicksburg are beset by madness, murder, and sin in the form of one Man Mortimer, a creature of the casinos who resembles dead country singer Conway Twitty. A killer who has turned mean and sick, he will visit upon this town a wreckage of biblical proportions. The young sheriff is confounded by Mortimer and distracted by his passion for a lovely seventy-two-year-old widow. Only Max Raymond, a weak Christian saxophonist, stands between Mortimer and his further depredations. But who will die, who will burn? Yonder Stands Your Orphan is a tour de force that confirms Barry Hannah's reputation as William Styron wrote in Salon "an original, and one of the most consistently exciting writers of the post-Faulkner generation."
In "Yonder Stands Your Orphan", denizens of a lake community near Vicksburg are beset by madness, murder, and sin in the form of one Man Mortimer, a creature of the casinos who resembles dead country singer Conway Twitty.