One Mississippi

One Mississippi

eBook - 2007
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"There is nothing small about Childress's fine novel. It's big in all the ways that matter - big in daring, big in insight, and big-hearted. Really, really big-hearted." - New Orleans Times-Picayune This exuberantly acclaimed novel by the author of the bestselling Crazy in Alabama tells an uproarious and moving story about family, best friends, first love, and surviving the scariest years of your life. You need only one best friend, Daniel Musgrove figures, to make it through high school alive. After his family moves to Mississippi just before his junior year, Daniel finds fellow outsider Tim Cousins. The two become inseparable, sharing a fascination with ridicule, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, and Arnita Beecham, the most bewitching girl at Minor High. But soon things go terribly wrong. The friends commit a small crime that grows larger and larger, and threatens to engulf the whole town. Arnita, the first black prom queen in the history of the school, is injured and wakes up a different person. And Daniel, Tim, and their families are swept up in a shocking chain of events. "Wise, riveting, hilarious, painful, gentle, and ferocious, One Mississippi is a wonderful read." -Anne Lamott "A Tilt-a-Whirl that flings the reader from comedy to calamity. . . . Childress is a fabulist in the manner of John Irving." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution "By turns rollicking and troubling, as provocative as it is droll, One Mississippi is about as easy to resist as a riptide. This critic's advice is to go with its powerful flow." - Raleigh News & Observer
Publisher: [S.I.] : Little, Brown and Company, 2007.
ISBN: 9780316137805
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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Nov 27, 2013

Another good read for me (I seem to only choose good ones) Daniel Musgrave is sixteen and leaving his friends in Indiana to move with his family to Mississippi, or Mi'ssippi as the locals call it. It is the seventies when integration is still very much an experiment, but still a time when the most beautiful black girl in the school can get elected as Prom Queen. Daniel is a fish out of water and only begins to settle in when he meets Tim, another outsider, and they hang together. Their adventures are sometimes hilarious (meeting Cher is a highlight) and sometimes harrowing. Tim is driving the car that hits the Prom Queen and leaves her in a coma. At this point the book has only just begun. I found the narrative rolling me along wondering how things would turn out. Daniel is likable, and Tim is not so much. Don't let anyone tell you the end. Read it for yourself. It will leave you wondering why you didn't see it coming.

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