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The Loner That No One Loved

Local businessman and Literary Society president Tom Lowe recommends a book that, he says, “had me hooked from the first sentence.”

“Larry Ott was one of the most pitiful characters I have ever encountered in a novel,” says Tom Lowe, co-owner of Rock City Gardens and president of the Indian River Literary Society.

“Larry Ott was one of the most pitiful characters I have ever encountered in a novel,” says Tom Lowe, co-owner of Rock City Gardens and president of the Indian River Literary Society.

Tom Lowe, president of the Indian River Literary Society, often rates the fiction he reads by the author’s ability to transport him to a different time and place. “It’s a little like coming out of a movie theatre and it’s still daylight. When I have to make that same kind of adjustment after putting down a novel – because I feel as if I have been someplace else and just returned – then to me, that’s a good book.”|

Recently Lowe read such a novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. The title comes from a verse that is familiar to many Southern children who are taught to spell “Mississippi” by reciting: “M, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, humpback, humpback, I.”

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is set in Chabot, a fictional rural town in southeastern Mississippi, and yes, you can almost feel the humidity. It opens in the late 2000’s, and the author reveals the story with frequent flashbacks into the lives of the two main characters growing up decades before.

Read the entire article in the March 2012 issue