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Fay: A Novel av Larry Brown
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Fay: A Novel (urspr publ 2000; utgåvan 2001)

av Larry Brown

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She's had no education, hardly any shelter, and you can't call what her father's been trying to give her since she grew up "love." So, at the ripe age of seventeen, Fay Jones leaves home. She lights out alone, wearing her only dress and rotting sneakers, carrying a purse with a half pack of cigarettes and two dollar bills. Even in 1985 Mississippi, two dollars won't go far on the road. She's headed for the bright lights and big times and even she knows she needs help getting there. But help's not hard to come by when you look like Fay. There's a highway patrolman who gives her a lift, with a detour to his own place. There are truck drivers who pull over to pick her up, no questions asked. There's a crop duster pilot with money for a night or two on the town. And finally there's a strip joint bouncer who deals on the side. At the end of this suspenseful, compulsively readable novel, there are five dead bodies stacked up in Fay's wake. Fay herself is sighted for the last time in New Orleans. She'll make it, whatever making it means, because Fay's got what it takes: beauty, a certain kind of innocent appeal, and the instinct for survival. Set mostly in the seedy beach bars, strip joints, and massage parlors of Biloxi, Mississippi, back before the casinos took over, Fay is a novel that only Larry Brown, the reigning king of Grit Lit, could have written. As the New York Times Book Review once put it, he's "a writer absolutely confident of his own voice. He knows how to tell a story."… (mer)
Medlem:blanderson
Titel:Fay: A Novel
Författare:Larry Brown
Info:Touchstone (2001), Edition: 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction Ed, Paperback, 489 pages
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Fay Jones comes out of the hills of Mississippi as if she had just been born. Virginal in both mind and body. Beautiful, she turns heads and attracts attention everywhere she goes. She quickly learns that her beauty and her body are her primary currency, but she has a strength of spirit and personality to match the rest of her. Men fall in love with her, not just the physical her, even men who don't fall in love. But it is Fay's indomitable spirit that is her most remarkable attribute. She is a survivor, and woe to you if you threaten her survival.

There is more violence, sex and drinking in this novel than I have encountered in a book in a long time. But for the most part, it fits the world through which Fay travels. The dialogue is excellent, feeling just right in every scene. I did struggle a bit that almost everyone in the novel seems to be an alcoholic or headed quickly in that direction, and I still felt Brown's Father and Son was the better novel, but Fay was very, very good. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
I am becoming a big fan of Larry Brown. I do highly recommend reading the book "Joe" by Larry Brown before reading this one. Fay is a continuation of one character's plot line in Joe. ( )
  Awill424 | Jun 9, 2019 |
You can't help but fall in love with Fay...in the beginning. Despite being abused by animals and humans alike beautiful seventeen year old Fay Jones holds out hope she can be friends with either of them. Preferably both at some point in her young life. But for now she is eager to find Biloxi after running away from a potentially dangerous and definitely drunk father. With only the clothes on her back and two dollars hidden in her bra, she is uneducated and generous; thoughtful in a complicated and naive way. She'll trust anyone who can steer her in the right direction. You'll find yourself holding your breath as she hitches a ride with three drunk boys back to their trailer deep in the woods. You again become breathless when a cop picks her up and takes her home. Fay's ignorance makes people want to help her and hurt her all at the same time. I must admit, over time Fay's willingness (eagerness?) to fall in with some really bad people grew wearisome. She's either intensely shallow or so stupid she can't help herself. She doesn't recognize when someone is taking advantage of her. When she goes from being a blushing virgin to an easy lay in one week's time I felt myself losing interest in her fate and willing the character I did care about to stay away from her.
Because Brown will make you care about some people. Even Fay. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Dec 12, 2017 |
The beginning of FAY was good, but certain parts happened almost too quickly, too conveniently. I don't want to write any spoilers, so I won't go into detail but just know it has to do with the relationship between Sam and his wife, Sam and Alessandra, and then Fay and Sam.

Stick with it though, because you can't help but see how well Larry Brown captures the essence of his characters, their motivations, their inner psyche. In many cases, I found I could think of someone I knew just like Fay, Sam, Chris, Reena and Aaron. Larry Brown really knows how to write about blue collar folks, people who live one day to the next, never knowing what will come along to help them on their way, or hurt them so bad they want to give up. And that too, is what makes his writing work. Because his stories aren't about giving up.

Like FAY. This isn't a story about a girl willing to just accept her lot in life and make the best of it. It's about a girl brave enough to walk away from something terrible, with only the inkling of a plan, no money, and no one to help. It's about perseverance, and hoping for the good in people to come through instead of the bad. ( )
  DonnaEverhart | Oct 27, 2015 |
A friend of mine, knowing that I was a Larry Brown fan, gave me an autographed copy of Fay when it was first published. The first time I read it, I couldn't put it down until I finished it two and half days later. This was the South I had grown up in, and maybe didn't want to talk about, but knew wasn't very far away, and closer than I was willing to admit. Fay's journey through the trailers and strip bars and the various characters she interacts with makes this book eerily real. Brown's capacity to draw the reader's interest from the first word of Fay is one of the hallmarks that made him one of the great contemporary Southern writers. ( )
  HankIII | Jul 26, 2010 |
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She's had no education, hardly any shelter, and you can't call what her father's been trying to give her since she grew up "love." So, at the ripe age of seventeen, Fay Jones leaves home. She lights out alone, wearing her only dress and rotting sneakers, carrying a purse with a half pack of cigarettes and two dollar bills. Even in 1985 Mississippi, two dollars won't go far on the road. She's headed for the bright lights and big times and even she knows she needs help getting there. But help's not hard to come by when you look like Fay. There's a highway patrolman who gives her a lift, with a detour to his own place. There are truck drivers who pull over to pick her up, no questions asked. There's a crop duster pilot with money for a night or two on the town. And finally there's a strip joint bouncer who deals on the side. At the end of this suspenseful, compulsively readable novel, there are five dead bodies stacked up in Fay's wake. Fay herself is sighted for the last time in New Orleans. She'll make it, whatever making it means, because Fay's got what it takes: beauty, a certain kind of innocent appeal, and the instinct for survival. Set mostly in the seedy beach bars, strip joints, and massage parlors of Biloxi, Mississippi, back before the casinos took over, Fay is a novel that only Larry Brown, the reigning king of Grit Lit, could have written. As the New York Times Book Review once put it, he's "a writer absolutely confident of his own voice. He knows how to tell a story."

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