One Mississippi: A Novel by Mark ChildressOne Mississippi: A Novel by Mark Childress

One Mississippi: A Novel

byMark ChildressAs told byMark Childress

Paperback | September 19, 2007

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"There is nothing small about Childress's fine novel. It's big in all the ways that matter - big in daring, big in insight, and big-hearted. Really, really big-hearted." -<_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">New OrleansTimes-Picayune

This exuberantly acclaimed novel by the author of the bestsellingCrazy in Alabamatells an uproarious and moving story about family, best friends, first love, and surviving the scariest years of your life.

You need only one best friend, Daniel Musgrove figures, to make it through high school alive. After his family moves to<_st13a_state _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Mississippijust before his junior year, Daniel finds fellow outsider Tim Cousins. The two become inseparable, sharing a fascination with ridicule,The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,and Arnita Beecham, the most bewitching girl at Minor High. But soon things go terribly wrong. The friends commit a small crime that grows larger and larger, and threatens to engulf the whole town. Arnita, the first black prom queen in the history of the school, is injured and wakes up a different person. And Daniel, Tim, and their families are swept up in a shocking chain of events.

"Wise, riveting, hilarious, painful, gentle, and ferocious,One Mississippiis a wonderful read." -Anne Lamott

"A Tilt-a-Whirl that flings the reader from comedy to calamity. . . . Childress is a fabulist in the manner of John Irving." -<_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">AtlantaJournal-Constitution

"By turns rollicking and troubling, as provocative as it is droll,One Mississippiis about as easy to resist as a riptide. This critic's advice is to go with its powerful flow." -<_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">RaleighNews & Observer
Mark Childress was born in Monroeville, Alabama. He is the author of five previous novels and three books for children. He has lived in Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, California, Costa Rica, and currently lives in New York City.
Title:One Mississippi: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:September 19, 2007Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316012122

ISBN - 13:9780316012126

Appropriate for ages: 13


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good It takes a very talented writer like Mark Childress to balance ‘hilarious and horrifying’ in the same book. This is a witty, heartbreaking and touching coming-of-age story of two best friends in a small town in Mississippi in the 1970's when schools were mandated by law to integrate. The author does a remarkable job chronicling small town southern lives, and boldly addresses complex issues that never seem to have clear answers: religion, race, bullying, violence, inter-racial relationships, sexuality and mental illness. This thought-provoking and utterly captivating story is told by Daniel, and as you keep reading, you’ll get swept up in the emotional, sometimes comical and often heartbreaking year in the life of one Mississippi town. And the angst and hormonal agony of the teenage years.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book about integration, sexuality, love, family dysfunction and school shootings in the USA A really well-written book that intertwines integration, sexuality, love, family, and school shootings in the USA. Childress has created a page-turner. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a fantastic book! It was a great story of the trials and tribulations of life in the time where African Americans were being integrated into Caucasian schools. It also has many twists and turns regarding teenage hurdles in high school. Tim and Daniel partake on a very interesting adventure throughout this book that does not stop through the entire book. I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2008-01-07