Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Southern Gothic Rendition of To Kill A Mockingbird

The Hanging Woods by Scott Loring Sanders (Houghton Mifflin, 2008, 336pp.)

This unsettling, tragic tale records the events of one strange summer among three friends—vindictive trickster Jimmy, soft, pudgy Mothball, and the enigmatic Walter—in a small Alabama town during the 1970s. After Jimmy plays a cruel trick on them, Walter and Mothball decide to return the favor. Things go awry when their joke ends in tragedy, and the boys find themselves scrambling for reasons to justify their actions. Fans of happy endings are advised to steer clear of this one. The oppressive atmosphere of this weird, sordid novel will haunt the reader long after the story is finished. Recommended for Ages 16-Up.

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