Original catalog copy, G.P. Putnam's Sons edition
world turns upside down and everything goes a little crazy in Mark
Childress's fabulous tale of a hot, restless summer in Alabama and an
unforgettable woman who looks for salvation in Hollywood.
"A writer of almost uncanny stylistic ability and clear vision," says
Stephen King of Mark Childress. "His eye for detail is extraordinary.
It makes you want to holler Oh Yeah!"
Over the course of three very fine novels, Mark Childress has had
readers across America hollering Oh Yeah! at his exuberant
storytelling, his sixth sense for characterization, and his ability to
stir powerful memories. Now, with Crazy in Alabama, Childress delivers
the touching and vastly entertaining tale of Peejoe, an orphan boy who
comes of age during a racially restless summer in the Deep South, and
Lucille, his zany aunt who flees from a soul-numbing marriage -- a
union she can't entirely escape in the end. For both Lucille and
Peejoe, the summer of '65 will live on as the time when everybody went
crazy in Alabama.
By turns puckishly comic and disturbingly poignant, Crazy in Alabama
gets everything right, and then some. This is the novel that Childress
fans have been waiting for.
"If Flannery O'Connor and Stephen King had written a book together, this would be it. Hilarious and scary!"
-- Fannie Flagg
"CRAZY IN ALABAMA is Mark Childress at his most outrageous, most
hilarious, and most moving. Aunt Lucille takes her strange place as one
of the South's most unforgettable women, and CRAZY IN ALABAMA is simply
an unforgettable book!"
-- Pat Conroy
"In the grand tradition of Harper Lee and Truman Capote, Mark Childress
gives us CRAZY IN ALABAMA, a wonderful tale that is both wildly
hilarious and painfully frightening. Set in the mid-sixties at the
height of racial tensions, Childress takes all of the classic Southern
elements and puts his own magical spin on them, emerging with a cast of
characters you're not likely to ever forget. CRAZY IN ALABAMA is an
extraordinary accomplishment on every level, the least of which being
that you will never look at a piece of Tupperware and not be
-- Jill McCorkle