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Music of the Swamp
Sugar Mecklin is a boy growing up poor in the Mississippi Delta, and the Delta, his father tells him, is "filled up with death." The pages of Music of the Swamp are filled up with drunks and dogs, child abuse and childlike wonder, but the darkness always spills out into reckless hope, freedom, redemption. The novel isn't perfect, yet it is transcendent in a way that many books aspire to, but few achieve. I urge you to satisfy your hunger for sadness and sweetness with this, or any of Lewis Nordan's books.