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The Tilted World Excerpt

The Tilted World Excerpt

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Set against the backdrop of the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love, from Tom Franklin, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and award-winning poet Beth Ann Fennelly
Set against the backdrop of the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love, from Tom Franklin, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and award-winning poet Beth Ann Fennelly

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Tom FranklinBeth Ann Fennelly
william morrow
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Harper Collins
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During the winter of 1926 and spring of 1927, record-level rains
tested— and bested— the poorly engineered levees along the Missis-sippi River and its tributaries. There were many small foods, manydeaths, and still the rains worsened. By March 1927, a thousand mileso levees, rom Cairo, Illinois, to the Gul o Mexico, were in danger o collapsing, and thousands o reugees were being housed in temporarycamps. All along the river, armed guards were trained to ght foodsand saboteurs. But no training could prepare them or the big foodwhen it came, on Good Friday, 1927. The levee at Mounds Landing,near Greenville, Mississippi, collapsed, and a wall o water one hun-dred eet high and with twice the orce o Niagara Falls scooped outthe Delta. It fattened almost a million homes, drowning twenty-seventhousand square miles, sometimes in up to thirty eet o water, and thewater remained or our months. Over 330,000 people were rescuedrom trees, roos, and levees. At a time when the ederal budget wasaround three billion dollars, the food caused an estimated one billiondollars’ worth o property damage.In addition to permanently changing the landscape o the South,the great food o 1927 permanently altered race relations and Ameri-can politics, causing hundreds o thousands o Arican Americans tomigrate north, ushering Herbert Hoover into the White House, andcementing the belie that the ederal government— which had donenothing to help the food victims— should create an agency to prevent

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