Heaven Of Mercury by Brad WatsonHeaven Of Mercury by Brad Watson

Heaven Of Mercury

byBrad Watson

Paperback | May 25, 2016

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Brad Watson's first novel has been eagerly awaited since his breathtaking, award-winning debut collection of short stories, Last Days of the Dog-Men. Here, he fulfills that literary promise with a humorous and jaundiced eye. Finus Bates has loved Birdie Wells since the day he saw her do a naked cartwheel in the woods in 1916. Later he won her at poker, lost her, then nearly won her again after the mysterious poisoning of her womanizing husband. Does Vish, the old medicine woman down in the ravine, hold the key to Birdie's elusive character? Or does Parnell, the town undertaker, whose unspeakable desires bring lust for life and death together? Or does the secret lie with some other colorful old-timer in Mercury, Mississippi, not such a small town anymore? With "graceful, patient, insightful and hilarious" prose (USA Today), Brad Watson chronicles Finus's steadfast devotion and Mercury's evolution from a sleepy backwater to a small city. With this "tragicomic story of missed opportunities and unjust necessities" (Fred Chappell), "Southern storytelling is alive and well in Watson's capable hands" (Kirkus Reviews starred review). "His work may remind readers of William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, or Flannery O'Connor, but has a power—and a charm—all its own, more pellucid than the first, gentler than the second, and kinder than the third" (Baltimore Sun).
Brad Watson teaches creative writing at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. His first collection, Last Days of the Dog-Men, won the Sue Kauffman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts & Letters; his first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his Aliens in the Prime of Their Li...
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Title:Heaven Of MercuryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.15 inPublished:May 25, 2016Publisher:W W NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393324656

ISBN - 13:9780393324655

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A vivid mythology of a small Southern town that moves to a strange, electrifying beat. — Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionA fast-paced, myth-echoing, tragic-comic commentary on our modern lives. — BookpageWatson imbues his work with an elegance that sets it apart from the rest. — Boston HeraldA strange novel, this one—strange and uncommonly fine. — Central Journal NewsGimcrack storytelling...grounded by generous humanity. — Entertainment WeeklyIn a Southern Gothic style reminiscent of Faulkner, Watson lays bare the lives and most intimate secrets of the richest and poorest families of Mercury, MS. Highly recommended. — Library Journal[A] lushly written novel of Deep Southern dream and landscape. — New York TimesA dark but resonant journey through the world of the Southern gothic. — Publishers Weekly[A] superb novel, graced with lush and exciting prose in the Southern high rhetorical tradition. — Raleigh News and Observer[A]n unforgettable story... . The accidents, the disappointments, the corrections, and the secrets each life contains are woven into a deeply sympathetic portrait of small town life at its worst and best. — The AdvocateWatson has written a novel at once intimate and epic, magical and real—a dazzling Southern gothic in which love and hate claim equal hold on the human heart. — The Jackson AdvocateLovely, poignant, funny first novel, a book filled with fascinating, unpredictable, original characters. — The StateSort of a calm wail. Each page a deep pleasure. — Barry Hannah, author of Airships, Ray, and Yonder Stands Your OrphanThe Heaven of Mercury is a tragicomic story of missed opportunities and unjust necessities that wittily explores the souls of its highly colorful cast of characters. It is suffused with an almost savage lyricism that illumines every accurate detail and nuance of place and speech. The light this novel casts is so brilliant it makes even its own shadows luminous. Brad Watson has struck a fresh and thrilling note. — Fred Chappell, author of Look Back All the Green ValleyThe best thing to come out of the South since A Confederacy of Dunces. — Gregory Rabassa, translator of One Hundred Years of Solitude and other novelsVividly peopled, full of surprises, The Heaven of Mercury is a deeply satisfying novel. — Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture