Fugitives of the Heart
In this, William Gay's last posthumous novel, we have his homage to Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Set in post-World War II Tennessee, in Gay's familiar "Harrikan" area. Marion Yates is a teenager recently orphaned when his notoriously licentious mother dies. When Yates eyes a pocketknife at the local grocery-hardware store, he is befriended by Black Crowe, who buys the knife for him. Yates in turn nurses Crowe through a work explosion, and the two form a seemingly lasting friendship. Yates falls in love, of course, and of course the love is thwarted. First love, racism, and betrayal-these are all topped with Gay's signature wry humor in his signature Tennessee fictional setting. Gay again proves himself a master of prose.
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About the Author
writing at fifteen and wrote his first novel at twenty-five, but didn't
begin publishing until well into his fifties. He worked as a TV
salesman, in local factories, did construction, hung sheetrock, and
painted houses to support himself. He preferred to sit in a kitchen
chair at the edge of the woods with a spiral-bound notebook on his knee,
writing in his peculiar scrawling longhand. His works include The Long
Home, Provinces of Night, I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down,
Wittgenstein's Lolita, and Twilight. His work has been adapted for the
screen twice, That Evening Sun (2009) and Bloodworth (2010). Most
recently, his debut novel has been optioned for film. He died in 2012.