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The Committee (Paperback): Sterling Watson The Committee (Paperback)
Sterling Watson
R364 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R55 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Committee (Hardcover): Sterling Watson Committee (Hardcover)
Sterling Watson
R670 R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Save R126 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Calling (Paperback): Sterling Watson The Calling (Paperback)
Sterling Watson
R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Calling is the story of Blackford "Toad" Turlow, an ambitious, impressionable young man who aspires to be a writer. The voice in his head is that of Eldon Odom, a famous - sometimes infamous - novelist to whom Toad apprentices himself. In the beginning, Toad devours every morsel from Odom, both words and actions. But along the way he learns far more than the art of crafting fiction. He discovers that behind Odom's genius is a warped human being who abuses himself and those around him with alcohol, drugs and debauchery. Instead of teaching his eager disciples about writing, Odom uses them to fulfill his base desires. But Toad listens carefully to "The Old Man," the writer who years before was Odom's own mentor and who describes himself as "just the strange boy who cared to write things down." Toad is also influenced by the echoes o f his reckless, lovable dead sister, Trish; Odom's lean and lusty girlfriend, Lindy Briggs; Odom's loving and patient wife, Miss Sully; and by Toad's own girlfriend, the knowing Ardis Baines From this boozy, brilliant cast of characters, Toad eventually learns that a man and his art are two different things, that the worth of one may far exceed the other, and that there are dangerously thin lines between creativity and madness, between dedication and obsession. The Calling is beautifully written and thoroughly engrossing novel of passion and purpose - one that tells much about the calling and the called. "The characters ...are vividly realized, resistant to stereotypes. And the story's three female leads - Ardis, Toad's sometime girlfriend; Missy Sully, Odom's wife; and Lindy, Odom's current mistress - are complex individuals who play out their expected roles in unexpected fashion," said Nancy Pate in her review for the Orlando Sentinel. And, the Winston Salem Journal wrote, "Watson has much to say about life and art, about creativity and obsession, about the danger of violating reasonable bounds. He says it very well."

Blind Tongues (Paperback): Sterling Watson Blind Tongues (Paperback)
Sterling Watson
R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For Merelene Durham it's been fifteen years of coping, of determination not to lose her purchase on this world: a world that has become almost unendurable since her rakish husband, Mayfield, fled after encephalitis turned their son Roland's mind into a strange, shell-holed country. Blind Tongues is the story of what happens when Mayfield unexpectedly returns, and his conviction that a newly made fortune can make Roland whole again, of a brilliant local attorney whose body bears the scars of aviation heroics in World War II, and finally of Merelene herself, who must choose between these two competitors in love while trying to accept the sweet simplicity of her ageless son. Sterling Watson, author of The Calling and Fighting in the Shade, has created a stunning evocation of a Florida coast town and of the people struggling for love and solace within its borders.

Fighting In The Shade (Paperback): Sterling Watson Fighting In The Shade (Paperback)
Sterling Watson
R331 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R53 (16%) Out of stock

"High school football mixes with Faust in this blitz of a novel from Watson . . . a big Dennis Lehane-like story of society, opportunity, and consequences, revealing Watson as an accomplished storyteller."
--"Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"
"Honor, loyalty, even life and death form the core of this wrenching story."
--"Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"
"Watson's visceral descriptions of the physicality of sport are more than matched by his knowing depiction of small-town corruption in this fast-paced coming-of-age story."
--"Booklist"
"A sleeper that sneaks up on you. Pitch it to old school readers who appreciate intelligent and hard-hitting novels that are more than sports books."
--"Library Journal"
""Fighting in the Shade" is less a sports novel than a coming-of-age story wound around a mystery, with football as symbol and symptom."
--"St. Petersburg Times"
"A brilliant, fearless look at the savage rites of passage that exist in the fraternity of American sports. A book as gripping and unforgettable as any in recent memory."
--Dennis Lehane, author of "Mystic River"
In 1964, seventeen-year-old Billy Dyer is a newcomer to Oleander, a Gulf Coast Florida town whose old guard define football as the ancient Spartans did their Agoge. It is a mode of brutal tutelage that forges the hearts and minds of the town's elite youth for a future of power. Billy's parents are recently divorced and he lives in a bad neighborhood with his secretive, alcoholic father.
Through the brutal and fiery days of summer practice, Billy fights for a starting spot on the team, the Spartans. He makes the team, but in a horrific hazing scene far from the town, he rebels and in the process badly injures his rival for the flanker position. The events that follow force Billy into exile from football, then later back into the game when powerful men realize that the Spartans cannot win without him.

Deadly Sweet (Paperback, New ed): Sterling Watson Deadly Sweet (Paperback, New ed)
Sterling Watson
R90 R72 Discovery Miles 720 Save R18 (20%) Out of stock
Suitcase City - A Novel (Paperback): Sterling Watson Suitcase City - A Novel (Paperback)
Sterling Watson
R334 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R53 (16%) Out of stock

"As Watson reminds us, corruption and cruelty survive through their uncanny ability to take on new shapes."
--Laura Lippman, author of "I'd Know You Anywhere"
"I am a huge fan of Sterling Watson's writing, and take it from me: "Suitcase City" is arguably his best novel to date. I began reading and did not look up again until the very last page, so taken was I by its twists and turns, its explorations of race and honor and the love a father has for his daughter. Turn off your phone, lock your door, and dive into "Suitcase City.""
--Ann Hood, author of "The Obituary Writer"
Praise for Sterling Watson's "Fighting in the Shade"
"Brilliant, fearless. . . . A book as gripping and unforgettable as any in recent memory."
--Dennis Lehane, author of "Mystic River"
"Honor, loyalty, even life and death form the core of this wrenching story."
--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
"High school football mixes with "Faust" in this blitz of a novel."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
A man gets himself into a little bit of trouble, then a little bit more, then a lot. And then his whole world becomes a nightmare. How does he get himself out of this mess of his own creation? The answer involves the end of an extramarital affair, reconciliation with a daughter he has neglected, and a deadly encounter with a man who comes out of the past bearing bad news and the keys to a new life. Set in Tampa, Florida, in the late 1980s, "Suitcase City" captures the glitter of the high life and the steamy essence of low places in the Cigar City. As always, Sterling Watson tells his story in prose that sings.

Sweet Dream Baby (Paperback, Reprint): Sterling Watson Sweet Dream Baby (Paperback, Reprint)
Sterling Watson
R385 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R77 (20%) Out of stock

Sent to live in the humidity of rural Florida with his grandparents and his sixteen-year-old Aunt Delia for the summer, twelve-year-old Travis becomes absorbed in the closed ways of small-town life. Captivated by Delia, Travis watches her attempt to find a place for herself in the socially stunted, gossip-driven town. Delia's secrets go beyond what Travis can understand, but he believes that he alone can save her--a belief that not only forces him to grow up fast, but one that builds to a dangerous and disturbing climax. In trying to free Delia from her past, Travis leads her into a shocking present and a most uncertain future.
In a work at once honest, chilling and compulsively addictive, author Sterling Watson has created a time and place where rock ?n? roll hums from AM radios, steam rises from a secluded riverbed and violent summer storms threaten the peace of silent nights. Watson's characters are brought vividly to life through Travis's touching, powerful and intensely personal voice. A dark and evocative coming of age tale, Sweet Dream Baby begins steeped in innocence and ends in a dramatically different place.
?I can?t remember a book that sneaked up and grabbed me the way Sweet Dream Baby did. It's a real shocker by a very good writer.?
--Elmore Leonard
?Sterling Watson's Sweet Dream Baby is one of the finest novels I?ve read in years, an incandescent blend of gothic noir, Faulknerian dreamscape and bittersweet coming-of-age story. Months after reading it, it haunts me still.?
-Dennis Lehane
?Sterling Watson's Sweet Dream Baby brings us the words and music, the tastes and smells of that special time-as well as its heartache and secret shame. I wasutterly absorbed in these fierce pages.?
-Fred Chappell, author of Look Back All the Green Valley
?Sweet Dream Baby is a beautiful book. Sterling Watson is surehanded and telling in a story that is as elegiac as it is gripping.?
-Michael Connelly, author of Chasing the Dime
"Some delicious page-turning."-Kirkus Reviews
A Book Sense 76 Top 10 Selection
Named to Top Ten Crime Books of 2002, Toronto Globe and Mail
"Watson proves himself a first-rate storyteller."-Publishers Weekly
"A comprehensive work of art that is as thought-provoking as it is disturbing."-Orlando Sentinel

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