"Masterfully crafted...Childress depicts each character with convincing
detail and all the vividness of childhood memory; there is magic in his
mixture of humor and pathos, boyish candor and time-earned
understanding. The narrative has a unique tenderness...a tale of
laughter and great hope, one not easily forgotten."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Triumphant...not only fresh and original but also positively inspired."
-- New York Times Book Review
"(A novelist's) very dearest wish is to write something that nobody has
ever written before. Mark Childress has done this in Crazy in Alabama.
Childress plays out his two hands here...like a master playing out a
fancy game of double solitaire. Craziness rules."
-- Washington Post Book World
"This rollicking and important novel takes off like a cross-country race against time. Compulsively readable."
-- San Francisco Chronicle
"A very amusing novel with a deadly serious agenda. Chock-full of vivid writing, clever plot twists and likable characters."
-- Chicago Tribune
"With a gift for mixing hilarity, hurt, insight, and compassion,
Childress' fourth novel has gained him entry to the ranks of adept
purveyors of popular Southern fiction. Lucille's wild ride across the
country is a dizzy delight. Crazy in Alabama is best at juggling the
intangible extremes of joy and heartbreak that is life itself."
-- Seattle Times
"By turns comic, tragic, and most of all, moving, Crazy in Alabama is a heartfelt original that cuts to the quick."
-- People magazine
"Bitterly funny...Writing with dark humor and finely wielded detail,
Childress establishes himself as a flamboyant master of the grotesque."
-- Entertainment Weekly
"A funny, insightful, and poignant tale with full-blooded, passionate
characters that captures the essence of our memories of the middle
sixties. Highly recommended."
-- Library Journal
"Childress accomplishes something quite spectacular: He writes a
chilling, complex story of racial hatred within a loving and comic
portrait of the South...eminently readable and entertaining. By writing
a story so intimate, frightening, and funny,he goes beyond the genteel
niceties and eccentricities of Southern life, something not many
Southern writers have managed to do."
-- Memphis Commercial Appeal
"Childress has succeeded in combining two complex stories, one
concerning lost innocence and naive desire, the other about sexual
repression and glorious liberation, into a heartstoppingly racy read.
Childress' prose positively vibrates with lust for life. A truly wild,
-- Time Out
"Childress' prose is just the right mix of deadpan and exuberant."
"Crazy in Alabama has so many good lines you don't know which to laugh at hardest."
-- Times Literary Supplement