This book focuses on Larry Brown, a Mississippi writer who loved the world he grew up in and never really left it. In appearance and manner, Brown seemed a typical inhabitant of the area. Rugged, weathered, and gentle, he was a humorous yet warm and sensitive human being. A man of ambition, Brown pursued every activity in his life with incredible determination. Writing provided a positive outlet for this sometimes troubled man. When not writing, he sought relief from his depression in Oxford, where he frequently partied with his many friends. With the publication of Facing the Music in 1988, Brown became one of the most touted of the new group of working-class writers who emerged in the South as the literary descendants of Harry Crews, a Floridian whose background in many ways resembled Brown’s and whose novels offered sometimes shocking portraits of lower-class life.
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