Posts by: Snowden Wright

The Last Book I Loved: Smonk

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The last book I loved has a character with the same name as me. In Tom Franklin’s Smonk, a section titled “The Tale of Snowden Wright” describes its titular character, a preacher whose mental deterioration eventually leads him to rape his own daughters, with the following line: “He’d been born with one arm—where the other should have been, up at his shoulder, was a nub with six tiny fingernails.”

Only one question occurred to me after reading that sentence.

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Snowden Wright: The Last Book I Loved, Firework

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In Firework, a novel that starts in the gutter and never once looks at the stars, Eugene Marten accomplishes two extraordinary feats. Not only does the book establish Marten, author of In the Blind and Waste, two other bleak miracles, as one of our finest contemporary prose stylists, but it also introduces its publisher, Tyrant Books, as one of our best purveyors of contemporary fiction.

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