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  • ISBN: 1617757837
  • ISBN: 9781617757839
  • Physical Description: 351 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Akashic Books, [2020]

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"Professor Tom Stall's career and life are threatened when a nefarious government-affiliated group of men begin investigating the private acts of innocent people in late 1950s Florida."-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    Tom Stall loves his job as an English professor at a university in Gainesville, Florida. He loves his colleagues, eccentrics whose greatest love was to read books and talk about them with young people. He loves his beautiful wife and his spunky daughter, though he wishes she was less of a tomboy. That last is a spooky foreshadowing of the troubled heart of this unusual novel. One of Stall's colleagues commits suicide; he was being hounded by the Johns Committee, a gang of troglodytes out of Tallahassee determined to root out gays and communists. Stall is tasked by his bosses to get at what's going on. Since it's 1958, his job is doubly difficult—do those administrators really care about protecting the teachers? The answer arrives in a violent ending that modern readers may think is too long in coming. Others may welcome the digressions, including musings on Graham Greene's Catholicism and the failure of Marxism, as entertaining sideshows. Whether he's stoking his narrative or letting his mind wander, Watson writes crisp, beautiful prose. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Sterling Watson is the author of eight novels, including Deadly Sweet, Sweet Dream Baby, Fighting in the Shade, and Suitcase City. Watson's short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Georgia Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Southern Review. He was director of the creative writing program at Eckerd College for twenty years and now teaches in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Boston. Of his sixth novel, Suitcase City, Tom Franklin said, "If this taut literary crime novel doesn't center Sterling Watson on the map, we should change maps." Watson lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Subject: College teachers > Florida > Gainesville > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Subversive activities > Florida > Gainesville > Fiction.
Control (Psychology) > Fiction.
Power (Social sciences) > Fiction.
Religion and politics > Fiction.
Fear > Psychological aspects > Fiction.
Florida. Legislature. Legislative Investigation Committee > Fiction.
Nineteen fifties > Fiction.
Gainesville (Fla.) > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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