Smoke

By John Ed Bradley
Read by Christopher Hurt

13.96 Hours 01/01/1997 unabridged
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When fledgling novelist Pace Burnette heads home to Smoke, a quiet hamlet in Louisiana, he finds that the mom-and-pop businesses that gave the place its character and charm have been put out of operation by an enormous Monster Mart on the outskirts of town. His best friend, Jay Carnihan, is struggling to keep his family’s general store from going under and blames Rayford Holly, the founder of Monster Mart, for his economic woes. When Jay carries out a harebrained scheme to kidnap Holly and make him apologize for the damage he’s done, Smoke and its residents are changed forever. High comedy, high jinx, unrequited love, and small town eccentrics confronting big business come together in this engaging tale.

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Summary

Summary

When fledgling novelist Pace Burnette heads home to Smoke, a quiet hamlet in Louisiana, he finds that the mom-and-pop businesses that gave the place its character and charm have been put out of operation by an enormous Monster Mart on the outskirts of town. His best friend, Jay Carnihan, is struggling to keep his family’s general store from going under and blames Rayford Holly, the founder of Monster Mart, for his economic woes. When Jay carries out a harebrained scheme to kidnap Holly and make him apologize for the damage he’s done, Smoke and its residents are changed forever. High comedy, high jinx, unrequited love, and small town eccentrics confronting big business come together in this engaging tale.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“With a journalist’s eye for detail and a poet’s ear for language, Bradley…makes Smoke feel as real as Pascagoula or Bogalusa.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Humorous and extremely entertaining adventure, rooted firmly in the drama of small-town life.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Bradley’s evocation of the South acquires new depth and charm in his fourth novel…Bradley fills…[the] town with colorful, likable characters…[a] delightful homespun narrative.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Is this a Southern Gothic tale full of vengeance, decadence, and the decline of old families? No, it’s a hilarious farce about friendship, loyalty, love, and the dependence of people on one another. Bradley knows his small towns and their people and foibles, and he knows how to chuckle at the human condition.” Library Journal
“Smoke, quite simply, is one of the best novels of ’94.” Herald Book Review (South Carolina)

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Author

Author Bio: John Ed Bradley

John Ed Bradley is the author of several highly praised novels, including Tupelo Nights and My Juliet. A former staff writer for the Washington Post, Bradley has contributed features to Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and GQ. He divides his time between New Orleans and Opelousas, Louisiana.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 13.96
Audience: Adult
Language: English