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Tomato Red

A Novel

Woodrell, Daniel

(Book - 1998)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Tomato Red
Baker & Taylor
Sammy Barlach, a down-and-out man from Arkansas, finds himself on a collision course with violence

McMillan Palgrave
I was a kickaround mutt from Blue Knee, Arkansas, on my own slow ramble through sincere poverty and various spellbinding mishaps."That's the voice of Sammy Barlach, one of life's losers who sings the blues with acid sweetness and fated violence--another original from Dan Woodrell.

Blackwell North Amer
For Bev Merridew, who can turn a trick as easily as she can roll a joint, life in Venus Holler is tolerable. For her nineteen-year-old daughter, Jamalee, a life guaranteed to be the replica of her mother's isn't good enough. With her tomato-red hair and her barely contained rage, she has plans, and they don't include Venus Holler.
What they do include - indeed, depend on - is her drop-dead beautiful brother, Jason. But Jason may just be a country queer, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks, that is about the most dangerous thing a man could be.
Into their midst comes Sammy Barlach. With too many entries on his rap sheet, he's passing through on his way to nowhere, looking to be a loser in new surroundings. Jamalee thinks he might be the muscle she and Jason need.

& Taylor

The author of a New York Times Notable Book for 1996, Give Us a Kiss, presents his sixth suspense novel, featuring down-and-out Sammy Barlach, an Arkansas man on a collision course with violence. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0805055770
Characteristics: 225 p. ; 20 cm.


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Jun 12, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a story of a brother (who is gay) and a sister who want to escape from the Ozarks and their lives. It is narrated by a "loser" who is passing through. The author's voice is still a little self-conscious but the seeds of "Death of Sweet Mister" and "Winter's Bone" are evident.


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May 25, 2010
  • ndp21f rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The part of this mess I really, really can't cut is the part where the price is put on our heads. That's a creepy sensation, see, to know there's a price on your head in dollars and it's kind of awful low.


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