Oyster

Ecco:
New York: 2003
Trade paperback,
291 pp.
Cover artwork by: Muntaz Mustafa

Subtitled: Desire, Memory, and Murder on the Bayou. One of those dark and highly atmospheric southern novels. This guy gets compared to a couple old hacks like Flaubert and Chekhov. Biguenet is also winner of the O. Henry Award. Set on the Louisiana coast of 1957 this is the story of a rivalry between two families. Felix and Mathilde offer their daughter, Therese, in marriage to 52 year-old Horse Bruneau when he threatens to repossess their house and boat. That leads to all manner of trouble on the bayou. Shrimp and oysters, sex and violence in the muddy marshes of Louisiana. I just finished it and liked it quite a lot. #19642

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