• Free Shipping on all orders in Australia
  • Over 7 million books in stock
  • Proud to be B-Corp
  • We aim to be carbon neutral by 2022
  • Over 120,000 Trustpilot reviews
Item 1 of 0
The Death of Sweet Mister By Daniel Woodrell

The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell

Condition - Very Good
Only 3 left

The Death of Sweet Mister Summary

The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell

Set in the Missouri hill country, Death of Sweet Mister presents one eventful summer in the life of Shug, a friendless, overweight 13-year-old living with his mother, Glenda in the caretaker's cottage at the local cemetery, Glenda flirts incessantly, even with her son, who is becoming increasingly aware of her charms. Glenda's husband, Red (who may or may not be Shug's father), comes and goes, bringing money occasionally and strife a lot more often. This summer Red is training Shug in the family business, using the juvenile without a record to perform the burglaries that are getting too risky for Red himself. Shug's efforts to protect his mother from Red, from other admirers, and from her own rash decisions come to a head one hot summer night.

The Death of Sweet Mister Reviews

"A dark, disturbing beauty of a story...Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed." - Charles Frazier "I can't remember coming across a more precise evocation of innocence lost since Golding's The Lord of the Files. With The Death of Sweet Mister, Daniel Woodrell has written his masterpiece - spare, dark, and incandescently beautiful. It broke my heart." - Dennis Lehane; "Daniel Woodrell's The Death of Sweet Mister is nakedly honest, unsettling, pitch perfect, and uniquely American. Put it on the shelf alongside Faulkner, Jim Thompson, and Cormac McCarthy. With this one, Mr. Woodrell has earned himself a piece of immortality." - George P. Pelecanos; "Woodrell is one of the most intense and accomplished practitioners since Jim Thompson. He has achieved a near mastery of style as language, plot, characterization and theme mesh with a seamless power" - NY Times Book Review; "Woodrell's five books to date have had writers as diverse as James Ellroy, Barry Gifford, James Crumley, Carl Hiaasen and E Annie Proulx clearing their throats to sing his praises. Despite its often unspeakably bleak outlook, Tomato Red is a beautiful and often very funny book, full of raw poetry, the small mean lives of people living on the bloody rim of things described in prose that is brilliant and original, Woodrell being better than anyone at the vernacular of desperation, revenge and redemption, with dialogue as good as anything in Elmore Leonard and a skewed unpredictability reminiscent of Harry Crews. Read it and weep." - Uncut; "At a time when the two dominant strands of male American fiction to emerge in the last couple of decades - contemporary noir and dirty realism - have largely lapsed into self-parody, a writer from the Ozark mountains of Missouri has come along to resuscitate them both. From its farcical beginning to the awful, stupid tragedy of its denouement, this is a flat-out marvellous book. Rooted in the purest noir tradition of the Fifties, it is nevertheless great literary fiction. Like a murder ballad or a prison-yard blues, Tomato Red is written in the kind of vernacular poetry you want to read and learn by heart." - The Independent; "Tomato Red is one of the great American noir novels of the decade... a wonderfully funny and tragic tale of blighted white trash dreams, a country noir every bit as sharp and twisted as the best of Jim Thompson or Charles Williams...what Daniel Woodrell's come back with are some of the finest, toughest books in American fiction today." - Time Out

About Daniel Woodrell

Dan Woodrell comes from a long line of Ozarkers that stretch back before the Civil War. A high school dropout he joined the marine corps at 17. The military and he saw things differently. A period of post military drifting ended up at the University of Kansas and a Michener fellowship at the Iowa Writers School, where he was definitely the odd man out. His has written six other novels published by No Exit, Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, The Ones You Do, the civil war novel, Woe to Live On, filmed by Ang Lee as Ride with the Devil, Give Us A Kiss and Tomato Red. He lives in West Plains, Missouri with his wife, the writer, Katie Estill

Additional information

The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell
Used - Very Good
Oldcastle Books Ltd
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

Customer Reviews - The Death of Sweet Mister