Big Bad Love, 1990
This chapter discusses Larry Brown’s decision to leave the Oxford Fire Department, encouraged by the success of Dirty Work. Brown calculated that he needed only about twenty thousand dollars to support his family in the immediate future; he felt that with the help of “a publisher who believes in my work and a good paperback house,” he could achieve independent financial security. Brown was already at work on his next book, another collection of short stories that he was calling 92 Days or Big Bad Love, and had received an advance on it. His decision to leave the fire department was front-page news in the 4 January 1990 edition of the Oxford Eagle. Two days later, Mary Annie was in tears as she photographed him in uniform on the morning of his last shift.
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