South Will Rise at Noon

Douglas H. Glover, Author, Doug Glover, Author Viking Books $16.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-670-81892-1
Rogues, rednecks and local characters populate Gomez Gap, Fla., the swampy setting of this unsteady comic novel by the Canadian author of Precious. Just out of jail, devil-may-care drunkard Tully Stamper returns to his hometown seeking his ex-lover (a woman namedor labeledDanger); his mother, an ailing, semi-senile floozy; and his ex-wife, now wed to a flamboyant movie director who plans to re-create the Civil War in an epic that has dozens of Gomez Gappers clamoring for roles. Every villager from the imposing sheriff on down bears a different grudge against Tully;as he wanders from bed to bed and brawl to brawl, oddballs pile up around him, among them a woman who ambushes and then paints birds, a brilliant artist hiding from society and a half-witted lynch mob. They converge in an overheated battle-on-film in which Tully tries to win back his loved ones through gallantryand almost everything goes wrong. Glover's ripe imagination keeps this shaggy-dog story hurtling along, but it has more momentum than direction; Tully and the band of eccentrics around him comprise a town in search of a story. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 266 pages - 978-0-86492-408-7
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