Publication Date: Paperback, June 10, 2014
In 1927, as rains swell the Mississippi, the river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, where federal agents Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson arrive to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents–and find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene.
Ingersoll finds a home for the infant with local woman Dixie Clay Holliver, unaware that she’s the best bootlegger in the county and has many tender and consequential secrets of her own.
The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love.
Have you heard of the Mississippi flood of 1927
? As a pretty big history buff I’m ashamed to say that it wasn’t something I knew about. After reading The Tilted World
that has certainly changed. Also, this book is set during one of the most compelling times in America’s history: prohibition.
The setting and the storms become just as important as the characters and the story in this novel by the husband and wife team of Franklin and Fennelly. They’ve done a fantastic job of bringing multiple elements together to form a cohesive whole.
Dixie Clay is a realistically written female in that she is like every female I know. She’s strong and self-sufficient and doesn’t need a man to complete her. The fact that she might find a partner to complement her is a plus, but I definitely wouldn’t slap a romance sticker on this novel. The other characters are just as interesting but you’ll have to read the book to find out more about the moonshiners, the saboteurs, and the team of federal agents that visit Hobnob, Mississippi.
The Tilted World is a remarkable story set in a remarkable time. I highly recommend it.
About the Authors:
Tom Franklin is the award-winning and New York Timesbestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which was nominated for nine awards and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. His previous works include Poachers, whose title story won the Edgar Award, as well as Hell at the Breech and Smonk. The winner of a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, he teaches in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.
Beth Ann Fennelly has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and United States Artists, as well as a Fulbright grant to travel to Brazil. Her honors include the Kenyon Review Prize and three inclusions in The Best American Poetry. She has published three volumes of poetry as well as a work of nonfiction, Great with Child. She directs the University of Mississippi’s MFA program, where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
Beth Ann and Tom live in Oxford, Mississippi, with their three children.