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Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

Lester Ballard has got hisself a few issues.  One, he ain't got no real home.  Which ain't a good thing for a young single man in the east Tennessee mountains of Appalachia, where the winters is something fierce. His first "home," if we can call it that, warnt nothin' more than an abandoned squatter's cabin used by hunters huntin' 'possum and squirrel.  Two rooms.  It was a good enough home for a guy like Lester while he had it, I suppose.  A bit lonesome out there in the boonies where all the backwoods, backwards loonies live, but damn if that Lester Ballard dint burn that cabin down one night just tryin' to stay warm!  Sparks from the decrepit chimbley must've slithered somehow into the attic, and Lester barely got out alive with his body and belongings intact.  Once his house burnt down, it was a complex of caves and sinkholes that Lester called "home."  Weird.

What's a young man like Lester need to be hidin' out in caves…

Random Favorite Reads of Freeque's From 2010

FAVORITE NOVELLA(s):

Travesty by John Hawkes
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West



FAVORITE SHORT STORY COLLECTION(s):

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg by Deborah Eisenberg
The Stories of Breece D'J' Pancake by Breece D'J' Pancake
Girl With Curious Hair by David Foster Wallace



FAVORITE FIRST NOVEL:

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter



FAVORITE MILITARY READ:

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien



FAVORITE CLASSIC:

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevski



FAVORITE LITERARY NOVEL(s):

Living to Tell by Antonya Nelson
Merciless Beauty by Sam Eisenstein 



FAVORITE MEMOIR(s):

Digging Deeper: A Memoir of the Seventies by Peter Weissman
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
Cherryby Mary Karr



FAVORITE ESSAY COLLECTION(s)

Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World by Sarah Vowell
Finding a Form: Essays by William H. Gass