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The Rabbit Factory
By Larry Brown
The Free Press/Simon and Schuster, 2003
Hardcover, $25.00 (352 pages)
ISBN: 0-7432-4523-7

 

 
 

Fans of Larry Brown's earlier works, Fay, Big Bad Love, Father and Son, On Fire, and Billy Ray's Farm, will rejoice at the publication of The Rabbit Factory.   

As in his earlier books, Brown sets multiple story lines in North Mississippi, Natchez, and Memphis. Many of his characters grew up in the small towns along the Natchez Trace and migrated to Memphis in search of steady work, stable marriages, and middle-class lifestyles. Unfortunately, their urges for security never quite overcome the wanderlust inherent in their D.N.A.. Each character, when given a choice and/or a second chance, fumbles, goofs, or blunders. 

The troupe in The Rabbit Factory includes, a pot-smoking Ole Miss professor and the sexy African-American policewoman who befriends rather than arrests him; a Memphis hooker with ties to gangsters and a perfectly good beautician's license back home in Mississippi; and a forty-something waitress from Montana who married well but not wisely. Their lives parallel and, occasionally, intersect. 

The Rabbit Factory is Brown's most ambitious and intricately plotted novel to date.  

Larry Brown, author of eight books, received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Literature and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1992 and 1997, as well as the University of North Carolina's second Thomas Wolfe Prize and Lectureship. He lives near Oxford, Mississippi. 

 

Pam Kingsbury
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