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Rough South, Rural SouthRegion and Class in Recent Southern Literature$
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Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802330

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.001.0001

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“Recover the Paths”: Salvage in Tom Franklin’s Fiction

“Recover the Paths”: Salvage in Tom Franklin’s Fiction

(p.84) “Recover the Paths”: Salvage in Tom Franklin’s Fiction
Rough South, Rural South

Joan Wylie Hall

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses Tom Franklin's fiction. Franklin was born in Dickinson, Alabama, in 1963. Growing up, he watched horror films, created stories for toy action figures, and wrote and illustrated his own comic books. His family, devout Pentecostals, demonstrated its faith through healings and speaking in tongues. When Franklin was eighteen, his family moved to Mobile, where he attended the University of South Alabama, earning a BA in English. In 1998 he earned an MFA at the University of Arkansas, where he met and married poet Beth Ann Fennelly. His first book, Poachers, appeared the next year, and he has since published three novels: Hell at the Breech (2003), Smonk (2006), and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (2010). In late 2013 Franklin published The Tilted World, a novel co-written with Fennelly. Poachers is set in a contemporary South whose landscapes have long been under assault. “Grit,” the first story, displays many conventions of Rough South literature.

Keywords:   fiction, Tom Franklin, Alabama, Beth Ann Fennelly, Poachers, Smonk, Crooked Letter, The Tilted World, Rough South

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