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Edisto

(1984)
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A novel that has drawn comparisons with the work of J. D. Salinger, Truman Capote, and Flannery O'Connor, Edisto centers on one Simons Everson Manigault, a twelve-year-old possessed of a vocabulary and sophistication way beyond his years and a preadolescent bewilderment with the behavior of adults. These include his mother, who is known as the Duchess, and his enigmatic father-surrogate, Taurus.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"When asked for a list of the best Americas writers of the younger generation, I invariably put the name of Padgett Powell at the top." - Saul Bellow

"Ttruly remarkable . . . both as a narrative and in its extraordinary use of language." - Walker Percy


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