Boomerang and Never Die

By Barry Hannah

320 pp.

0878057021 (9780878057023)
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Here in one volume are two novels by an acclaimed southern writer of jolting insights and riveting prose. Critics have called his fiction "brilliant," "visceral," "blackly humorous," and "hilarious." Yet whatever label Hannah's readers place upon his work, it remains the marvelous, cunning, unique craft of a modern master.

In Boomerang, a novel told in vignettes both real and fictive, a father attempting to cope with the tragic murder of his son learns that actions return to haunt or reward. He becomes the embodiment of Hannah's ideal of forbearance, dignity, and decency in the face of incomprehensible death.

In Never Die Hannah mingles hilarity and horror as the frontier West is killed off by the onslaught of automobiles, biplanes, and nitroglycerine bombs. A gallery of grotesque characters-a judge's evil dwarf henchman, a nymphomaniacal schoolteacher, a tubercular prostitute, and a homosexual doctor named Fingo-populate this rollicking postmodern novel in which Old West myths collide with the anarchy of the twentieth century.

BARRY HANNAH was awarded the William Faulkner Prize for his first novel Geronimo Rex. He is the author of Ray, Airships, Hey Jack, Bats Out of Hell, and other books. His achievement as a fiction writer has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi.

320 pp.