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T.R. Pearson

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Værker af T.R. Pearson

A Short History of a Small Place (1985) 538 eksemplarer
Blue Ridge (2000) 206 eksemplarer
Off for the Sweet Hereafter (1986) 174 eksemplarer
Cry Me a River (1993) 156 eksemplarer
The Last of How It Was: A Novel (1987) 126 eksemplarer
Polar (2002) 120 eksemplarer
Ranchero (2011) 96 eksemplarer
Gospel Hour (1991) 66 eksemplarer
Call and Response (1989) 60 eksemplarer
True Cross (2003) 60 eksemplarer
Jerusalem Gap (2010) 35 eksemplarer
Beluga (2012) 27 eksemplarer
Nowhere Nice (Nick Reid Novels) (2013) 21 eksemplarer
Warwolf (2011) 19 eksemplarer
Red Scare (2008) 18 eksemplarer
East Jesus South (2014) 10 eksemplarer
First In Flight (2015) 8 eksemplarer
Eaglesworth (2018) 5 eksemplarer
Sleepaway (2019) 5 eksemplarer
Low Lords (2016) 4 eksemplarer
Theory of the Case (2017) 4 eksemplarer
Confederate States (2020) 4 eksemplarer
Devil Up (2021) 4 eksemplarer
Serpent Of Old (2019) 3 eksemplarer
Brigade (2018) 2 eksemplarer
Bone Eye 2 eksemplarer
Joy To The Just (2022) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

A World Unsuspected: Portraits of Southern Childhood (1987) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer
Augie's Quest: One Man's Journey from Success to Significance (2007) — Forfatter, nogle udgaver26 eksemplarer
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Pearson, T.R.
Juridisk navn
Pearson, Thomas Reid
Andre navne
Gavin, Rick
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
New York, New York, USA
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Virginia, USA
North Carolina State University (BA | MA | English)
professor (Peace College)
Kort biografi
From Wikipedia: Pearson was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was a student at North Carolina State University, where he gained a B.A. and M.A. in English. He went on to teach at Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina. He started work on a Ph.D. in Pennsylvania but soon returned to North Carolina, where he worked as a carpenter and a housepainter while he began writing his first two novels, A Short History of a Small Place and Off for the Sweet Hereafter. Neither was published until 1985, when he moved to New York City, where both books were issued by Linden Press.

His novels are set in the South, in the imaginary small town of Neely, near Winston–Salem, or, in his recent novels, in the Appalachian areas of Virginia, where he now lives. His writing captures a uniquely Southern social order, outlook, and voice and has been compared to the work of Mark Twain and William Faulkner.

A Short History of a Small Place, Off for the Sweet Hereafter, The Last of How It Was, Cry Me a River, Polar and Blue Ridge were New York Times Notable Books.

Pearson also collaborated with John Grisham on early drafts of the screenplays for The Rainmaker (1997) and Runaway Jury (1998), films based on two of Grisham's novels.

Pearson is married and lives in Virginia.



I begrudgingly gave up on this book at about page 150 out of sheer frustration with the narrator's habit of taking the very long path in telling the stories of his hometown. Sorry, I tried.
T. R. Pearson's Neely, NC has more eccentrics than it has normal citizens and even the normal citizens act a little oddly at times. Oddballs always make good entertainment plus Pearson has nicely captured rural North Carolina's rich use of language and turns of phrase. However, because the young narrator digresses in his recounting of the fall of Neely's most prominent family so often and so deeply, the book became tiresome for me. I wish there had of been a more straightforward plot and a tighter focus on the narrator and his beloved Momma and Daddy. Still, there are many standout moments of beauty and laugh-out-loud humor in this gentle look at small town Southern life in the early to mid 20th century.… (mere)
RobertOK | 7 andre anmeldelser | Jul 3, 2023 |
Easy, fast read, and I read it just about straight through. But was very disappointed that the two stories interleaved were never connected. And neither story satisfactorily solved. Some good characterization.
MarkLacy | 2 andre anmeldelser | May 29, 2022 |
RANCHERO (2011) by Rick Gavin is one of those finds you manage to stumble across and are glad you did. I found it in a used book store and snatched it up. We were out of town and somehow I had forgotten to bring along my current read. The cover artwork wasn’t great but the coral pink Ranchero car/wagon/truck is shown at a rakish angle, what looks at first glance like a flaming guitar is shown as a sign for a night club (the flames are actually music notes coming out of the guitar) and the whole scene gives off a feeling of danger, sex, and action.
Nick Reid is a repo man working in the Mississippi delta area. A former cop out east, Nick is more than a bit down on his luck. He does have a best friend, fellow repo man Desmond, a large, laid back home grown inhabitant of the eastern shores of the delta who is there for Nick when a repo job goes way south on him. Not only doesn’t Nick get neither the big screen television or the money due, he is clonked on the noggin with a fireplace shovel and his ride, the Ranchero, is stolen.
This book is a fun ride through an area of America most people are not familiar with and probably never will be. Mr. Gavin has populated the book with Creoles and idiots and enough uncles and cousins to fit out any decent reunion. The humor is dark, there is a smattering of Sonic drive-ins (Desmond’s favorite eatery) strewn here and there, and twists more plentiful then a rollercoaster. Mr. Gavin has managed to take one borrowed car and built a unique story around it that is surprisingly fun.
Needless to say, the book I had been reading had to wait a while to be finished. You never know what great surprises await you in a used book store. By the way, there are two more books in the Nick Reid series so I suppose I’ll have to hunt them out and see if this was a one off or the start of something big.
… (mere)
TomDonaghey | 22 andre anmeldelser | Mar 31, 2019 |
I love Pearson, and this book, which is a departure from his more realistic writing, is a delight!
glade1 | Nov 8, 2018 |



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