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She's had no education, hardly any shelter, and you can't call what her father's been trying to give her since she grew up "love." So, at the ripe age of seventeen, Fay Jones leaves home.

She lights out alone, wearing her only dress and rotting sneakers, carrying a purse with a half pack of cigarettes and two dollar bills. Even in 1985 Mississippi, two dollars won't go far on the road. She's headed for the bright lights and big times and even she knows she needs help getting there. But help's not hard to come by when you look like Fay.

There's a highway patrolman who gives her a lift, with a detour to his own place. There are truck drivers who pull over to pick her up, no questions asked. There's a crop duster pilot with money for a night or two on the town. And finally there's a strip joint bouncer who deals on the side.

At the end of this suspenseful, compulsively readable novel, there are five dead bodies stacked up in Fay's wake. Fay herself is sighted for the last time in New Orleans. She'll make it, whatever making it means, because Fay's got what it takes: beauty, a certain kind of innocent appeal, and the instinct for survival.

Set mostly in the seedy beach bars, strip joints, and massage parlors of Biloxi, Mississippi, back before the casinos took over, Fay is a novel that only Larry Brown, the reigning king of Grit Lit, could have written. As the New York Times Book Review once put it, he's "a writer absolutely confident of his own voice. He knows how to tell a story."

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ISBN: 9781565127326
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A friend of mine, knowing that I was a Larry Brown fan, gave me an autographed copy of Fay when it was first published. The first time I read it, I couldn't put it down until I finished it two and half days later. This was the South I had grown up in, and maybe didn't want to talk about, but knew wasn't very far away, and closer than I was willing to admit. Fay's journey through the trailers and strip bars and the various characters she interacts with makes this book eerily real. Brown's capacity to draw the reader's interest from the first word of Fay is one of the hallmarks that made him one of the great contemporary Southern writers.more
This author develops some of the most incredible characters. It's the kind of book that stays with you long after you have finished it.more
Larry had to really know these type of people, he had to. I grew up in the rural south, they are real, believe me. Larry is addictive, and I was stunned to learn we had lost him.more
Excellent character development, amazing dialogue, good story. Would have given it a "5" but the 17-year-old virgin turned nympho parts got a little tiresome.more
if you want to know the mississippi gulf coast and new orleans...read Fay. Larry Brown characters are people you see at the waffle house in Gulfport, MS or at least you used to see before Katrina.more
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A friend of mine, knowing that I was a Larry Brown fan, gave me an autographed copy of Fay when it was first published. The first time I read it, I couldn't put it down until I finished it two and half days later. This was the South I had grown up in, and maybe didn't want to talk about, but knew wasn't very far away, and closer than I was willing to admit. Fay's journey through the trailers and strip bars and the various characters she interacts with makes this book eerily real. Brown's capacity to draw the reader's interest from the first word of Fay is one of the hallmarks that made him one of the great contemporary Southern writers.more
This author develops some of the most incredible characters. It's the kind of book that stays with you long after you have finished it.more
Larry had to really know these type of people, he had to. I grew up in the rural south, they are real, believe me. Larry is addictive, and I was stunned to learn we had lost him.more
Excellent character development, amazing dialogue, good story. Would have given it a "5" but the 17-year-old virgin turned nympho parts got a little tiresome.more
if you want to know the mississippi gulf coast and new orleans...read Fay. Larry Brown characters are people you see at the waffle house in Gulfport, MS or at least you used to see before Katrina.more
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