A darkly comic novel of class, struggle, and crime within three generations of an African- American family in the Deep South. Jesmond Toak is a repo man in the fictional town of Johnsonville, Florida. A poor African-American in a hurricane alley on the coast, Jesmond has a troubled relationship with his father, Feddy, who is seeing a white woman who only sleeps with black men. Peaches Richmond, the woman Jesmond loves, is married to a threatening man they all call "Special Ed." And their pastor's gay son, Bayonne, has been implicated in the suicide by gas asphyxiation of his boyfriend, Smullian. As the deaths, disasters, and disappearances mount, Hurricane Aretha approaches. Woodward ties together these unruly plot points with madcap glee and skill; it's not every day one runs across the word "homunculus," references to Kierkegaard, and the phrase "get kronked for Christ!" in the same book. As lyrical as Cormac McCarthy, as sexy as Zane, Woodward has crafted a genre-defying, present-day romp that reveals a side of Florida far removed from Disney World.
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"You'll do better with this audiobook if you quickly give up on finding a linear plot. Just sit back and go for a joy ride with narrator Dion Graham in the driver's seat. Graham delivers the stories of three generations of the eccentric Toak family, from Johnson, Florida. Savor the richness of his dialect-smart reading, the way his voice slides over speech rhythms, and his mini-portraits of the large cast of characters. There's a plot there somewhere. As for the characters--some of them, anyway--Teo, the progenitor, is a slimy bail bondsman and slumlord; his son, Freddy, is a drop-out doc and recovering alcoholic-cocaine addict; and Jesmond, Freddy's son, is trying to recover from a life of his father's wild antics. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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