The Tilted World: A Novel



❴Ebook❵ ➨ The Tilted World: A Novel Author Tom Franklin – E17streets4all.co.uk Set against the backdrop of the historic Mississippi Flood, a story of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge and a man and a woman who find unexpected love from Tom Fra Set against the backdrop of the World: A MOBI ☆ historicMississippi Flood, a story of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge and a man and a woman who find unexpected love from Tom Franklin, author of the bestselling Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and his wife, Pushcart Prize winning poet Beth Ann FennellyThe year isAs rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf all in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson The Tilted ePUB Æ Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents on the trail of a local bootlegger, they unexpectedly find an abandoned baby boy at a crime sceneAn orphan raised by nuns, Ingersoll is determined to find the infant a home, a search that leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver A lonely woman married too young to a charming and sometimes violent philanderer, Dixie Clay has lost her only child to illness and is powerless to resist Tilted World: A ePUB ´ this second chance at motherhood From the moment they meet, Ingersoll and Dixie Clay are drawn to each other He has no idea that she s the best bootlegger in the county and may be connected to the missing agents And while he seems kind and gentle, Dixie Clay knows he is the enemy and must not be trustedThen a deadly new peril arises, endangering them all A saboteur, hired by rich New Orleans bankers eager to protect their city, is planning to dynamite the levee and flood Hobnob, where the river bends precariously Now, with time running out, Ingersoll, Ham, and Dixie Clay must make desperate choices, choices that will radically transform their lives if they survive.The Tilted World: A Novel

Tom Franklin was born and raised World: A MOBI ☆ in Dickinson, Alabama He held various jobs as a struggling writer living in South Alabama, including working as a heavy equipment operator in a grit factory, a construction inspector in a chemical plant and a clerk in a hospital morgue In he received his MFA from the University of Arkansas His first book, Poachers was named as a Best First Book of Fiction by Esquire and Franklin received a Edgar Award for the title The Tilted ePUB Æ story Franklin has published two novels Hell at the Breech, published in and Smonk published in The recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Franklin now teaches in the University of Mississippi s MFA program and lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife, the poet Beth Ann Fennelly, and their children.

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  • The Tilted World: A Novel
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  • 01 December 2017
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    this was just beautiful i knew i was going to love it, having read two books by franklin and one by fennelly and for me to give four stars to a poetry book is unusual , but it really exceeded my expectations and for those of you who are wary, as i usually am, of books written by two authors, know that in this case, when both of the authors are excellent at their craft, it can be a really magical experience.it takes place in 1927, when the mississippi river is about to burst through its levees this was just beautiful i knew i was going to love it, having read two books by franklin and one by fennelly and for me to give four stars to a poetry book is unusual , but it really exceeded my expectations and for those of you who are wary, as i usually am, of books written by two authors, know that in this case, when both of the authors are excellent at their craft, it can be a really magical experience.it takes place in 1927, when the mississippi river is about to burst through its levees and flood 27,000 square miles of land, destroying everything in its path this year is also at the height of prohibition, when revenue agents were roaming the land, searching for illegal stills and grabbing up bootleggers moonshine, moonshine everywhere.this is kind of a romeo and juliet story with bootleggers we have dixie clay, married to a slimy, cheating bootlegger named jesse, who has swept her away to a lonely existence and given her a son to whom she devoted all of herself until he died of smallpox desperate for distraction, she begins making the shine herself, while jesse becomes the businessman, taking long trips to make sales while she is left behind, desolate and lonely on the edge of a town that looks down on her for her illegal activities, while still buying her wares her life is routine, mourning, and regret.ingersoll is a man who grew up in an orphanage, went directly from there into military service, and from there into a job as a revenue agent, with no pauses for family or companionship his closest friend is fellow agent and former officer ham, with whom he comes to hobnob, a town in which two revenue agents have mysteriously disappeared, and where they expect to find the bootlegger responsible.hobnob is a town aflutter with problems before the agents even arrive with the river rising and fear of a flood rising with it, a group of bankers out of new orleans had offered money to hobnob to allow them to buy the town, clear it out, and deliberately flood it to relieve the water pressure and hopefully prevent their own land from flooding but hobnob was torn with indecision, with a bunch of down on their luck farmers who felt they should struggle and die on the same land where their parents had stubbled and died, and no one was able to agree on how the money was to be distributed so the offer was rejected, but the threat of the flood is still very real to everyone living along the river rumors of saboteurs and stolen dynamite are flowing and those who can are evacuating, taking their children and valuables away from the danger when ham and ingersoll arrive in town, they walk into the aftermath of a store looting, which has left behind several dead bodies, and one very alive baby they can t risk blowing their cover, but ingersoll has a soft spot for orphans, and when he learns that the orphanage has been evacuated, he asks around town and learns about dixie clay, a woman who has lost her son, and who might be very glad to have one to care for again ingersoll brings her the baby, and is struck by her beauty and demeanor, not realizing that it is her husband they are in town to track down, nor that she is the one making the shine.and the waters rise.and i gotta say, i am really shocked by the mediocre response to this one so far, because i loved every page of it they created characters that i cared about, they resurrected a largely forgotten tragedy and gave it immediacy and poignancy, they layered the story with human frailty and strength, with betrayal and hope, with stark realities and fairy tale possibilities it is lyrical and poetic but also harsh it just sings.like this She wasn t the same proud girl she d been, prettiest in all the piney woods, or so folks said, engaged to the prettiest fellow She saw now that she d married Jesse while knowing only the pretty part of him She d read so many books she d simply filled in the rest.that says so much to me, in so few words not just about the state of her marriage, but also the kind of person she is accustomed to a certain treatment because of her smalltown beauty, dreamy and romantic and ambitious because of her bookishness but it is so economical and affecting.and every scene with dixie clay and willy, her foundling son, is just beautiful i am attributing all of these scenes to fennelly s pen, on the strength of what i read in her poetry book tender hooks, which was all about motherhood, and equally lovely That s right, God give me a son and then set a match to him.it s hard not to fall in love with ham, with his bluff attitudes and his appetites and humor and it s hard not to root for dixie clay and ingersoll and the constant rising of the river forming the backdrop to their story, while the panic and resignation and plots of others weaves through and through for me, it is an easy five stars and i would love to seecollaborations from these two lovebird writers, please.i said please, so it has to happen now those are the rules.also a huge thank you to joel for stealing his mom s copy and sending it to me i am mailing it back, although it wounds me to do socome to my blog

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    Dixie Clay woke past noon, and even waking she noted that the world sounded different from when she d retired at dawn As she swung her feet off the bed and into rubber boots, she looked out her window The rain lashing Hobnob had slowed, now just fat drops plopping from greasy looking leaves By the time she was drinking instant coffee in her kitchen, the sun was coming out This had happened a few times since the big rains had started in November, but Dixie Clay no longer ran to the door S Dixie Clay woke past noon, and even waking she noted that the world sounded different from when she d retired at dawn As she swung her feet off the bed and into rubber boots, she looked out her window The rain lashing Hobnob had slowed, now just fat drops plopping from greasy looking leaves By the time she was drinking instant coffee in her kitchen, the sun was coming out This had happened a few times since the big rains had started in November, but Dixie Clay no longer ran to the door She didn t look for a rainbow No, she no longer hoped, merely waited for the rain, and when it came falling harder than ever, as if it d stored up its strength in the interval, she took a bitter comfort in being right When we think of great natural disasters in US history some chestnuts of misery pop readily to mind The worst in terms of official body count 8,000 is the savaging of Galveston in 1900 by a hurricane Isaac s Storm Many might offer Katrina, with almost 2,000 dead and damage over 100 Billion How about the Dust Bowl of the 1930s The Worst Hard Time The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, which killed 3,000 Maybe the Johnstown Flood of 1889 But were you aware of the great flood of 1927 Me neither On not so Good Friday, in 1927, a hundred foot wall of water burst through a levee there were several breaches along the river and laid waste to 27,000 square miles of land, applying the force of a couple of Niagaras to land near, and not so near the river, in effect, an inland tsunami Image taken from The Cotton Bowl Conspiracy blog Entire towns were erased A million homes were destroyed Hundreds of thousands needed rescuing What might it have been like in the time before, during and after this cataclysm The impending transformation of The Big Muddy to the Big Messy forms the backdrop in The Tilted World, the first joint book by husband and wife Tom Franklin Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and Beth Ann Fennelly Great With Child Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson are undercover federal agents sent to Hobnob, Mississippi to find out what happened to two revenue agents who had preceded them, but had never returned They happen across the results of a failed robbery, several dead participants, but find an infant survivor as well Ted, raised in an orphanage himself, takes on the task of finding a place for the baby In doing so, he meets Dixie Clay Holliver, a young woman married to the charming but slithery Jess, an ambitious sort who cares for money in inverse proportion to his regard for his marital vows He is not above using violence to get his way Dixie Clay, 22, had lost her own baby to illness Neither she nor her marriage had ever fully recovered from the loss Dixie leaps at the opportunity to satisfy her maternal drive Problem is, Dixie and her Jess are bootleggers the feds are looking to shut down Genesis level relentless rain keeps the river rising and the people nervous Some rich folks in New Orleans would like nothing better than to blow a levee upstream in order to reduce the risk to their property, and they may have found someone willing to help.There is plenty to like in The Tilted World Our co stars Dixie Clay and Ted Ingersoll which calls for yet another pairing of the 21st century version of Tracy and Hepburn, J Law, and Bradley Cooper Image, from the film Serena, taken from the blog College Candy are both very engaging Evil does battle with good, or, well, some version of good Babies need saving, huge danger mounts and a vast area is threatened In telling us the story of Dixie, Ted and the town of Hobnob, Franklin and Fennelly also give us a taste for what the locals experienced in that dreadful time, the daily reports on the water levels, weather reports from up and down the river, news of threats to the security to the levee and the offer by some to actually buy the town in order to destroy it by blowing up the levee There are also some elements of political historical interest, most particularly concerning the role and intentions of Herbert Hoover in the disaster recovery Heck of a job, Herbie It is an interesting, engaging and fast flowing read You will care about the two main characters and learn something about the time and place However, there are significant problems with the book One is a cartoonishness Dixie Clay is presented at times with a Disney like aspect The authors had already established that Dixie is a good egg, but give in to a princessy urge when they gild that lily by having her free a trapped hummingbird I guess the dwarves were not available, although a relation of her husband fills some dwarfish roles later.Image taken from BplusMovieBlog.com Her husband, Jess, is such a black hat he should have been named Snidely Whiplash There is a corrupt local sheriff who refuses to listen to reason, where have we seen that before and, returning to Disney, there is a particular affinity for orphans here Toss in an addled flapper who reeks of madness This is too bad, as the informational payload of the tale is considerable Another significant gripe I had with this novel was that a core conflict is resolved off screen, and is related to us by a participant This should have been in center stage The ease with which Ted and Dixie locate some missing folks strained credulity as well.But I do not want to end with a negative slant There are very compelling scenes of the flood, burning of Atlanta, cinematic opportunities of the highest order Dixie and Ted are very engaging Despite her hummingbird moment, Dixie isMulan than Snow White, the cartoon Snow, not thekick ass version in the current TV show, Once Upon a Time a tough and determined survivor with very positive inclinations If you can retain behind a mental levee concern about some of the questionable choices made by the authors you will definitely enjoy The Tilted World, come hell or high water EXTRA STUFFHere is a Wikipedia entry on the the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927Archival footage of the event, a signal corps filmRiveting photos of the floodPosted July 23, 2013

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    The year is 1927, the year of the Great Mississippi FloodThe levee at Mounds Landing, near Greenville, Mississippi, collapsed, and a wall of water one hundred feet high and with twice the force of Niagara Falls scooped out the Delta It flattened almost a million homes, drowning twenty seven thousand square miles, sometimes in up to thirty feet of water, and the water remained for four months Over 330,000 people were rescued from trees, roofs, and levees At a time when the federal budget wa The year is 1927, the year of the Great Mississippi FloodThe levee at Mounds Landing, near Greenville, Mississippi, collapsed, and a wall of water one hundred feet high and with twice the force of Niagara Falls scooped out the Delta It flattened almost a million homes, drowning twenty seven thousand square miles, sometimes in up to thirty feet of water, and the water remained for four months Over 330,000 people were rescued from trees, roofs, and levees At a time when the federal budget was around three billion dollars, the flood caused an estimated one billion dollars worth of property damage Authors Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, husband and wife, teamed up to write this absorbing fictional account based on one of the largest national disasters of all time It is also Prohibition, and bootleggers are rampant, with the fictional town of Hobnob boasting one of the most prosperous stills in the region Wed to Jesse Holliver at the young age of sixteen, Dixie Clay realized she may have gotten in over her head Before long, Dixie stumbles upon a still on her own property and is determined not to sit by and feign ignorance Soon her own moonshinebecame the best in Washington County So clear you could read a newspaper through it Where there are bootleggers, there are bound to be federal revenuers When two revenuers sent to Hobnob to investigate rumors of a large still turn up missing, Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover sends in a pair of his most principled undercover revenue agents to find out what went wrong Agents Ham Johnson and Ted Ingersoll travel to Hobnob passing themselves off as engineers tasked with inspecting the threatened levees of the Mississippi I loved these guys We learn a bit about their backgrounds especially that of Ingersoll He really made the book memorable for me Both are the type of men you would want at your side during an emergency They re tough, dependable, and honorable Ingersoll grew up as an orphan and is definitely thetenderhearted of the pair When he and his partner come across an abandoned baby, he takes matters into his own hands and it becomes his personal mission to find a home for his new charge His interactions with the baby will melt your heart Ham is harder to read, but we trust him just as much He s not one for sentimentality and just wants to get the job done As a team, the two couldn t beperfectly matchedHam could tease out a man s secret through cunning, buffoonery, or charm Ingersoll could learn it by disappearing, an oak of a man blending into the forest until you forgot the oak had ears Together, separately but together, they could always find the rotten apple, the rotten worm in the rotten apple Dixie Clay, too, is a character that grew on me One can feel for her, stuck in a marriage with a man whose personality turns out to be just as contrary as his two different colored eyes She is trapped, far from her home, and with no friends in town Tragedy has struck at the core of her being and left her a changed woman as wellDixie Clay knew now that the world was full of secret sorrowing women, each with her own doors closed to rooms she wouldn t be coming back to, walking and talking and cutting lard into flour and slicing fish from their spines and acting as if it were an acceptable thing, this livingWith the waters rising and danger imminent, Dixie will have to make some choices and will need to ask herself who she can trust With the risk of an impending flood, the whisper of a betrayal to the town s safety, the menace of saboteurs, and the violence provoked in those with the most to lose or perhaps gain the plot moves at a fast and exciting pace The only thing missing for me personally was learning about the aftermath of this historical event I felt that the last section of the book could have focused on this a bit , rather than simply tying up loose ends with the fictional characters It also seemed a tad bit easy for those involved, considering the enormity of the event Regardless, it was a very compelling read and one that I would certainly recommend I am evenenthusiastic than ever about reading another of Tom Franklin s books Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter that has been gathering dust on my bookshelf

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    The Tilted World by the husband and wife team of Tom Franklin and Beth Fennelly is the southern literary trail read for September 2018 Set against the background of the 1927 Great Mississippi Flood in Hobnob, Mississippi, readers go back to a time where moonshining and jazz music were prevalent Although the country had been modernized, not so in the Deep South where people rode horses as much as automobiles and Jim Crow laws were still the way of the land Hearing about Tom Franklin as a gritt The Tilted World by the husband and wife team of Tom Franklin and Beth Fennelly is the southern literary trail read for September 2018 Set against the background of the 1927 Great Mississippi Flood in Hobnob, Mississippi, readers go back to a time where moonshining and jazz music were prevalent Although the country had been modernized, not so in the Deep South where people rode horses as much as automobiles and Jim Crow laws were still the way of the land Hearing about Tom Franklin as a gritty southern writer, I had my hopes up that The Tilted World was a southern gothic tale Collaborating with his wife gives this novel a female touch and it is evident from the get go Dixie Clay Holliver is the best moonshiner for miles around yet is trapped in a marriage to Jesse, a man who talks the talk yet cheats on her and has grandiose plans that do not include Dixie Clay Dixie Clay had been enterprising before getting married at age sixteen and then ended up running the moon shining business when Jesse was away on his jaunts One could not help but feel sorry for this woman who wanted to be anywhere but Hobnob Federal agents Ingersoll and Johnson have come to Hobnob to investigate a murder of two revenuers at the hands of moonshiners At the crime scene, they find an orphaned baby, and Ingersoll, an orphan himself, takes it upon himself to find the baby a good home One thing leads to another and Ingersoll is lead to Dixie Clay There is instant chemistry even though Ingersoll has earned a reputation by putting people like Dixie Clay behind bars Yet, this baby has seemed to win both Ingersoll and Dixie Clay over, leading them to pine for another life The plot is straight forward with no twists to it While this tale lets readers in on a forgotten part of American history, the story itself did not wow me, leaving me pine forof the author s work The Tilted World is a feel good story where justice prevails at a time in history where bad guys like mobsters and bootleggers usually came out on top Dixie Clay is an unforgettable character, but I felt that the plot could have beendrawn out I do want to explore by each author separately as I am intrigued to the style of each of these southern authors I look forward to where the trail will lead me next 3.5 stars

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    1927 Hobnob Landing, Mississippi, population 3244 The town was nestled where the Mississippi doubled back like a black racer fixing to bite its tail.Who could have predicted, when the engineers corseted the river, straightened it out, that a flood of this magnitude would reclaim the original flow, destroying the government levees which was suppose to defy God s ideas about this mighty riverIt is time to tell you a story, a story that will surprise you The year was 1927, and Lord, the rains1927 Hobnob Landing, Mississippi, population 3244 The town was nestled where the Mississippi doubled back like a black racer fixing to bite its tail.Who could have predicted, when the engineers corseted the river, straightened it out, that a flood of this magnitude would reclaim the original flow, destroying the government levees which was suppose to defy God s ideas about this mighty riverIt is time to tell you a story, a story that will surprise you The year was 1927, and Lord, the rains did rain Your mama was a bootlegger, and your daddy was a revenuer, so they were meant to be enemies, natural enemies, like the owl and the dormouse But instead they fell in love.This story is a story with murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge A ruthless husband, a troubled uncle, a dangerous flapper, a loyal partner A woman, married to the wrong husband, who died a little every day A man who felt invisible But most of all, this is a love story This is the story of how we became a family More from the EpilogueSo later, when she is ready, she will be able to say, Son, it was the greatest natural disaster our country had ever known How big, Willy, was the area that was drowned About the size of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont Of course, if it had been those states, we d have had help right quick Supplies Money Later, chapters in the history books Monuments everywhere But it was Delta dirt, the richest dirt in the nation, though under the boot soles of the poorest folk The official death toll would be reported as 313, though we all knew the real number was much higher, Willy, much higher Coolidge never came to the suffering people In the months that followed, four governors and eight senators would beg him to come, to turn the eyes of the nation on the South But Coolidge did not come And was not reelected Hoover, darling of the newsreels, star of the Sunday supplements, did surf the flood to the presidency, as he d predicted This flood, now forgotten by much of our nation, changed what our nation became All Dixie Clay Holliver had to guide her into married life at the age of 16, was the two books her dad gave her to take along Husband and Wife, The Physical Life of Woman andGetting Ready To Be A Mother She also did not ask questions when she landed up a few miles outside Hobnob on a small farm holding with a hidden still Isolated and secure No federal revenuers and agents could possibly become interested in it Her husband, Jess, was a beautiful man She was happy and contented to become an inhabitant of Hobnob, where quarter boats, showboats, and the huffing, puffing, hooting and grinding steamboats with rattling paddle wheels, filled with black thumbs, gamblers, hustlers, and medicine men, could do as much hobnobbing as they wanted.Jess Holliver was a busy man Very busy He knew how to change the cause of the town s history by the click of a finger or the wink of his green eye The blue eye was for something else His face was Dixie Clay s most important wedding present.She did not follow the road, no, she sat and watched her twenty year old ambitious husband He was used to be admired by different people for different purposes She would learnabout him through trial and error, but traveling with him to her new home, was pure joy and happiness.Two revenuers disappeared Two undercover federal Prohibition Agents was sent to Hobnob to investigate their case Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson arrived in the rain, when the water was still on the rise, the people nervous, the future uncertain Anything could happennot everything that happened could be called natural disasters though As with all other luck in life, some people immediately saw an opportunity to score big This book was pure joy to read Good and bad honorable andadventurous politicians and hooligans all appear on the stage, and somewhere a little baby is found abandoned at a murder scene Captivating, riveting, entertaining a sleep snatcher that had me awake for two nights in a row, with the kindle stashed into some documents during the day for good measure This book is grit lit with a particular feminine lite approach There s no romanticism or false nostalgia though Neither is there a overly picturesque rendition of Magnolias and moonlight It s all about the battered glory of southern Moonshine and Marlboros, combined with a touch of romantic, fairytale elements as a spice noir surprise for adults Yes, the drama hides a hint of a little princess, a big bad wolf, a scrooge, added as a secondary threat, to lurk somewhere in the darkness of the night, waiting But who cares This is southern prose at its finest This historical fictional tale confirms the true storytelling tradition of the region so diverse and complex in its make up The last 150 pages lost me a little I did not feel the rhythmic cadence of the language like in other southern literature either, but it was nevertheless the expected delight I was anticipating in this genre Recommended for sure A wonderful read

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    The Tilted World The 1920 s was a time for a great many changes, it also ushered in a tremendous opportunity for crime Prohibition, bootleggers, saboteurs, and revenue men all have a prominent role in this book There was also one of the greatest natural disasters to ever strike the United States which happened in 1927 and affected those along the Mississippi River, from Cairo, Illinois all the way to Mississippi.Loved the history behind this book, but also loved the characters The Civil War h The Tilted World The 1920 s was a time for a great many changes, it also ushered in a tremendous opportunity for crime Prohibition, bootleggers, saboteurs, and revenue men all have a prominent role in this book There was also one of the greatest natural disasters to ever strike the United States which happened in 1927 and affected those along the Mississippi River, from Cairo, Illinois all the way to Mississippi.Loved the history behind this book, but also loved the characters The Civil War had Scarlet and Rhett, the carpetbagger and the southern belle This book has Dixie Clay, the bootlegger and Ingersoll, the orphan and revenue man Not quite as contentious and intense a relationship but then again Gone with the Wind was much longer Anyway it all comes together and yes it is fairly predictable in a way but Ingersoll is a character worth reading this book for, even if the history and the big flood is not of interest Good book, really love how Franklin writes ARC from publisher

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    The Tilted World Tom Franklin Beth Ann Fennelly s Tag Team NovelI ve followed the career of Tom Franklin from his initial anthology Poachers He is a dizzying wonder of the genre that has become known as Grit Lit These are the stories of the Rough South hearkening back to Harry Crews, Tim McLaurin and others He s provided the introduction to Grit Lit A Rough South Reader that gives about the best explanation of this growing subgenre of Southern Literature I ve read.Read through his colle The Tilted World Tom Franklin Beth Ann Fennelly s Tag Team NovelI ve followed the career of Tom Franklin from his initial anthology Poachers He is a dizzying wonder of the genre that has become known as Grit Lit These are the stories of the Rough South hearkening back to Harry Crews, Tim McLaurin and others He s provided the introduction to Grit Lit A Rough South Reader that gives about the best explanation of this growing subgenre of Southern Literature I ve read.Read through his collected works following Poachers Hell at the Breech based on The Mitcham County War in Clarke County, Alabama Smonk, in which a vile dwarf vows to kill every man in another small Alabama town, and you wonder where this pleasant man with a winning smile comes up with his ideas Franklin mellowed somewhat with Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter In fact, I told a close goodread friend I thought this was Franklin s effort at a breakthrough novel, winning a wider audience.In short, I admire Franklin s skill as a writer greatly However, as an avid reader, I ve noted women don t fare too well in his previous stories and novels His tales generally comprise the world of men It s not that they are absent In Smonk, ladies abound, but only as widows as Smonk sets out to weed out the male population Now, there s an exceptionally tough young woman named Evangeline on Smonk s trail However, let s just say, as a woman she has some serious issues, capable of the same degree of violence as Smonk.You ll find a fairly substantial female role in Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Unfortunately she was a murder victim.Now, Tom Franklin seems to have gotten in touch with his feminine side Don t be fooled, although goodreads shows Franklin as the sole author His co author is his wife Beth Ann Fennelly, noted poet, head of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi Tom s boss and the author of Great with Child Letters to a Young MotherI ve had the pleasure of meeting Tom Franklin upon the debut of his last three novels Chatting with him is always a pleasure Recently I saw him at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, excitedly asking Daniel Woodrell to sign HIS latest, The Maid s Version I asked Franklin how was it co writing The Tilted World A Novel with his wife He gave one of his trademark grins and said, We survived Indeed they did And before we get to the meat of the coconut, I hope this won t be their last collaboration.Here s the writing team Franklin FennellySet in the small river town of Hobnob, Mississippi, during the Great Flood of 1927, Franklin provides the grit we ve come to expect However, the star of this novel is Dixie Clay Holliver She was originally a Birmingham, Alabama, girl But charming Jesse Holliver began to call on her in her family s home when Dixie was just twelve Holliver dressed well He claimed to be a wealthy trapper earning great profits trapping furs.Dixie s family consented to Holliver s proposal when she turned sixteen On reaching Hobnob, Dixie Clay learned she was married to one of the biggest bootleggers who business extended from Mississippi, up through Tennesse, and over to Alabama Although Dixie would be a jewel for most men, Jesse was a sporting man, not about to abandon his visits to the ladies of all the gentlemen s night visits in the area.Dixie s a practical woman She learns fast It would be best if she took to tending the still while Jesse took over just the distribution Dixie Clay s a crack shot and finds she manufactures the best whiskey ever produced in the area She adds class to the product, bottling the whiskey in labelled bottles Business is just fine.However, Jacob, the son Jesse makes on her dies young She is humiliated to track Jesse down at one of the local sporting houses, asking the Madame for her husband to come down Jesse s answer is simple There ll be other babies.Butis coming to Hobnob than the Great Flood Two Prohibition Agents have paid a call on Jesse He claims business as usual telling Dixie he bribed them Dixie suspects Jesse just may be a murderer because those two Agents have gone missing according to folks in town.Neither Jesse or Dixie Clay know that Herbert Hoover, the Secretary of Commerce, who has been sent by Calvin Coolidge to head up flood control and rescue operations, has sent out two unbribable Prohibition Agents, Ted Engersoll and Ham Johnson to find the missing agents The two have been partners since watching each others backs during World War One The men are posing as levee engineers to cover their real reason for coming to Hobnob The Great Humanitarian Hoover will be swept into the White House as a result of his presence during the Great Flood.Along the way, Ted, who was raised an orphan finds a dead family Only a small boy, an infant survives Ted checks out the local orphanage, finds it unacceptable, and fosters the child until by chance he crosses the path of Dixie Clay Hearing Dixie has recently lost her own child, what better solution could Ted have found than a bereaved mother Ted leaves the child having no idea this new mother is the best bootlegger around.Ted and Ham fuss over Ted s delaying their mission by rescuing the child Ham will fuss evenwhen Ted begins to slip away, drawn to Dixie Clay whom he finds beautiful.As the river rages, the levees are tested Will they hold The danger of saboteurs is real Should somebody from the Arkansas side blow Hobnobs levee it s the Mississippi side that will flood Jesse s in the thick of it as you would expect Business is business.The river and its tributaries are at their most treacherous The Indians called it The Place Where the World Tilts Hobnob, filled with refugees from upriver, is a tragedy waiting to happen Just one image of the aftermath of The Great FloodFranklin and Fennelly keep the pace fast and furious These two writers have created a fine and satisfying read you will hate to see come to an end This is a team of literary soul mates.This is a solid 4.5 Star read The only thing preventing that remaining.5 is that by focusing on the story of this small band of main characters, the full impact of the Great Flood is lost, Franklin and Fennelly s fine historical prologue nevertheless present.My opinion is further influenced by having read Rising Tide The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M Barry immediately following my read of this fine novel John M Barry has written one of the most enthralling histories I ve read in years.For what it s worth, read The Tilted World A Novel first Take a break Then delve into Rising Tide The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

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    This is a story with murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge A ruthless husband, a troubled uncle, a dangerous flapper, a loyal partner A woman married to the wrong husband, who died a little every day Nineteen twenty seven was a golden time for much of the nation the affluent, jazz infused, flapper swinging, speakeasy Roaring Twenties but not for those living along the Mississippi River and its tributaries like the Gawiwatchee The only roaring that reside This is a story with murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge A ruthless husband, a troubled uncle, a dangerous flapper, a loyal partner A woman married to the wrong husband, who died a little every day Nineteen twenty seven was a golden time for much of the nation the affluent, jazz infused, flapper swinging, speakeasy Roaring Twenties but not for those living along the Mississippi River and its tributaries like the Gawiwatchee The only roaring that residents of Greenville, Mississippi and fictitious Hobnob, Mississippi were concerned with were that of bubbling, churning, broiling, rain swollen rivers, creeks, and streams pressing upon and weakening inadequate levees The flood had made regular folks desperate, and desperate folks downright reckless Reckless, jobless, hopeless You can t be hired as corn sheller when the corn s been drowned Foks were on edge, and rightfully so Every day leading up to the floods of Good Friday, farmers watched their crops cotton, corn, soybeans, sorghum molder and mire in the rain and mud And despite being sandbagged against rising waters, damp air and rising water still found its way inside houses and stores, churches and schools, causing sickness and general feelings of malaise But for Dixie Clay, her worst heartaches weren t wrapped in rain, but in sorrow, moonshine, and babies It was one thing having a husband gone for days and weeks on end peddling moonshine, but a lying, philandering, murdering, scheming, whoring scoundrel, who can abide And with revenuers, Ham Johnson and baby bequeathing Ted Ingersoll poking around looking for stills and two missing agents who were presumed dead, things were surely fixin to come to no good Or is there reprieve for the scarred and scorned The Tilted World Historically sound, southern grit lit drama noir steaming with atmospheric rawness and character driven suspense that pulled me in and towed me under At times, I caught myself holding my breath from the onslaught Franklin is certainly gifted with ability to draw readers in and hold them captive Albeit, there were a couple places mid book that stalled, slightly And the diner scene toward the end gravitated toward sappy Even so, The Tilted World is a highly recommendable novel for fans of historical fiction cut with a dark edge and southern grit bite.4 Stars fierce, well written, atmospheric and character rich, gritty stars

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    I ve consistently sung the praises of Tom Franklin s lofty brand of deep Southern US fiction From his Grand Guignol splatter fest historical fiction Hell at the Breach and Smonk , to his short stories Poachers , to his contemporary look at race relations, cloaked in a murder mystery Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter I ve enjoyed everything he s written I was really leery, though, aboutThe Tilted World, and put off reading it for nearly a year, mostly because I just could not envision a co I ve consistently sung the praises of Tom Franklin s lofty brand of deep Southern US fiction From his Grand Guignol splatter fest historical fiction Hell at the Breach and Smonk , to his short stories Poachers , to his contemporary look at race relations, cloaked in a murder mystery Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter I ve enjoyed everything he s written I was really leery, though, aboutThe Tilted World, and put off reading it for nearly a year, mostly because I just could not envision a collaborative effort with his wife, poet Beth Ann Fennelly The above cover didn t do much to assuage my fears this was gonna be some emasculated watered down chick lit ty version of Franklin.My fears were mostly unfounded This is for the first 3 4ths of the book, anyway a superb page turner and an informative if fictional account of one of the worst disasters ever to befall the South in the Twentieth Century The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 The novel also features the first time Tom Franklin has penned a strong female leading character the memorable moonshiner Dixie Clay and a romance between she and revenuer Ted Ingersoll, sent to tiny Hobnob, MS to enforce the Volstead Act and investigate the disappearance of two fellow federal agents.The writing between tag teamers Franklin and Fennelly is seamless which shocked me a little, given Franklin s singularly unique, typically male centric voice The romantic elements, though a weensy bit contrived, are, for the most part, believable, and make even me the Romance phobe cheer on the unlikely match of cop and criminal Plus, even if romance doesn t float your boat, there are enough juicy plot elements concerning the flood and the government s response to it evoking memories of Katrina to make you overlook the cheesier stuff

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    Tom Franklin s books have always pleased me, and this one did not disappoint Living in New Orleans, the idea of massive levee failures and widespread flooding is something that I can relate to, and the background tension that Franklin built in to the novel was palpable The basic facts are all correct here, describing the massive flooding of the Mississippi River in 1927, a time when TV news wasn t around to communicate the risks These were the days of Prohibition, where bootlegging moonshine Tom Franklin s books have always pleased me, and this one did not disappoint Living in New Orleans, the idea of massive levee failures and widespread flooding is something that I can relate to, and the background tension that Franklin built in to the novel was palpable The basic facts are all correct here, describing the massive flooding of the Mississippi River in 1927, a time when TV news wasn t around to communicate the risks These were the days of Prohibition, where bootlegging moonshine was common and travel by horse and wagon was the norm The scene where Ing s horse, Horace, feels reverberations from the levee underfoot, while brief, spoke to me He painted that frightening suspense throughout the novel quite well.If you ve never read any of Franklin s works, I would recommend Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter before this one The characters here were not as complex The protagonist, Ingersoll, was absolutely loveable, but he had no bad traits whatsoever, nor did Dixie Clay Her rotten husband, on the other hand, had no positive attributes to speak of Had he uttered a mustachioed MUAH HA HA as he tied Dixie to a train track, I would not have been surprised Tom Franklin co authored this book with his poet wife, and I cannot help but think she softened things up a bit much for the average fan of Tom Franklin Or at least for me.Franklin s Hell at the Breech, also based on real history, was a bit too harsh with bloody violence thrown in, seemingly, for no good reason The Tilted World came across like its moonshine a bit too full of sugar Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter was for me the perfect Goldilocks work from this author just right The author s portrayal of Civil Rights Era issues and lingering small town suspicion was absolutely outstanding in Crooked Letter Like the densely sugar laden moonshine that Dixie Clay concocted in this particular story, I found this it too sweet for my liking

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