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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.
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