The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell audiobook

The Death of Sweet Mister: A Novel

By Daniel Woodrell
Foreword by Dennis Lehane
Read by Nicholas Tecosky

Little, Brown & Company 9780316206143
4.78 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781611135046

Shug Akins is a lonely, overweight thirteen-year-old boy. His mother, Glenda, is the one person who loves him -- she calls him Sweet Mister and attempts to boost his confidence and give him hope for his future. Shuggie's purported father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises the boy. Into this small-town Ozarks mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce, with his shiny green T-bird and his smart city clothes. When he and Glenda begin a torrid affair, a series of violent events is inevitably set in motion. The outcome will break your heart. "This is Daniel Woodrell's third book set in the Ozarks and, like the other two, Give Us a Kiss and Tomato Red, it peels back the layers from lives already made bare by poverty and petty crime."-Otto Penzler, Penzler Pick, 2001

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Summary

Summary

Shug Akins is a lonely, overweight thirteen-year-old boy. His mother, Glenda, is the one person who loves him -- she calls him Sweet Mister and attempts to boost his confidence and give him hope for his future. Shuggie's purported father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises the boy. Into this small-town Ozarks mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce, with his shiny green T-bird and his smart city clothes. When he and Glenda begin a torrid affair, a series of violent events is inevitably set in motion. The outcome will break your heart.

"This is Daniel Woodrell's third book set in the Ozarks and, like the other two, Give Us a Kiss and Tomato Red, it peels back the layers from lives already made bare by poverty and petty crime."-Otto Penzler, Penzler Pick, 2001

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A dark, disturbing beauty of a story…Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed.” Charles Frazier, National Book Award–winning author of Cold Mountain
The plot, tawdry in the abstract, is transformed by Woodrell's gallows humour and his rendering of Shug's voice, part Huck Finn, part Holden Caulfield. Bharat Tandon, Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)
[Woodrell] has achieved near mastery of style: language, plot, characterization and theme mesh with a seamless power. Michael Anderson, New York Times Book Review
A fiery, poetic, hair-raising novel. Bret Israel, Los Angeles Times
A dark, disturbing beauty of a story . . . Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed. Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain
“I can’t remember coming across a more precise evocation of innocence lost since Golding’s The Lord of the Flies…Woodrell has written his masterpiece—spare, dark, and incandescently beautiful.” Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River
“Stunningly accomplished…[Woodrell] has achieved near mastery of style: language, plot, characterization, and theme mesh with a seamless power.” New York Times
“Shug’s voice is so charged with sincerity, his developing sense of self so believable, that it is impossible not to read this novel in one sitting. Woodrell writes potently about the air of sexuality and violence surrounding the family, but The Death of Sweet Mister never depicts their behavior gratuitously; instead, Woodrell slyly compels the reader to conjure up the disturbing acts of his characters without ever having to describe them. We imagine what his characters imagine, and in doing so, we come face to face with parts of ourselves we either buried long ago or never dared consciously to confront.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“Pack[s] a visceral punch…Woodrell’s merciless realism is shot through with humor and rural wisdom…his bleak world is rendered with consummate artistry.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Tecosky’s cool narration becomes downright chilling as Shug learns what he’s willing to do—and what he’s willing to give up—for love.” AudioFile
“Stunning…Woodrell describes the lives of Ozark hill folk with unflinching honesty, but he never fails to find heartbreaking tenderness beneath the hardscrabble surface…A word-perfect conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy of novels.” Booklist (starred review)
“Woodrell is an absolute master at building tension in relaxed prose, and the novel has a haunting a wonderful force.” School Library Journal

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Author Bio: Daniel Woodrell

Author Bio: Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell lives in the Missouri Ozarks near the Arkansas state line. His five most recent novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel. Two novels have been adapted as major motion pictures: Woe to Live On, filmed in 1999 by Ang Lee as Ride with the Devil, starring Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich, and Winter’s Bone, a 2010 film accepted to the US dramatic competition category at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English