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Subject: Sonny Brewer
Date Posted: 12/28/2008 11:13 AM ET
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A Sound Like Thunder is Brewer's second book.  It's one of those books that the story itself is secondary to the beautiful writing.  Brewer is the owner of a bookstore in Fairhope, Alabama (a town with an interesting story itself).  He is also the editor of an annual anthology of Southern writing called Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe.  I read his first book, The Poet of Tolstoy Park, when it first came out and really liked it.

I don't live on the coast and am not a sailor, but Brewer puts you right there with this book.  My only criticism of this book is that I can't believe that teenagers talked like the young Rove and the beautiful Anna Pearl, but I couldn't really care about this fact since I loved what they said.

I usually like the story, and I liked this one.  But, again, it's the beautiful writing that makes this book.  Here's another great Southern writer.  I hope he writes more.

Added later as I was looking through this book:  Brewer also has the Mississippi artist, Walter Anderson, as a character in this book.  Also, several characters mention or spout quotes from Emerson, Dreiser, etc., which I loved.



Last Edited on: 12/28/08 1:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 12/28/2008 10:04 PM ET
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Cormac is also a great book by Sonny Brewer, it's one that his fans asked him to write after hearing him talk about his missing dog on his book tours.