Saturday, June 26, 2021

Give Us a Kiss


Author: Dianiell Woodrell

Narrator: Brian Troxell

Publisher: Hachette 

Year: 2012

Happy Saturday! 

Doyle Redmond, a down on his luck writer, is summoned back to his childhood home in the Ozarks. His older brother Smoke is wanted on a felony warrant and is hiding out. Doyle’s supposed to talk his brother into giving himself up, but Smoke has other ideas. Smoke and his partner Big Annie are getting ready to harvest a big patch of pot and could use Doyle’s help. Doyle doesn’t need much convincing, especially after he sees Big Annie’s beautiful daughter Niagra. Now all the brothers have to do is outsmart the sheriff and outgun the Dollys- a rival family intent on stealing their cash crop. 

This is a funny, rollicking tale of family loyalty and crime. The characters are sharply drawn and memorable. I loved the backwoods setting too. The plot, infused with humor, zips along like an old truck flying down a country dirt road. 
Brian Troxell’s narration has enough Sothern charm, warmth, and incredulity that it sounds like he’s in a dark bar telling you this story over many pitchers of beer. 

Author Daniel Woodrell is probably best known for Winter’s Bone, a stunning work or country noir. (The movie version of Winter’s Bone is outstanding &  was Jennifer Lawrence’s breakout role, earning her first Academy Award nomination.) Give Us a Kiss isn’t as dark. It’s a good time on a back road in the misty Ozark hills. 

What’s everyone’s Saturday plans? I’m going to sit outside and try to finish the book I’m reading. Wishing y’all a relaxing day! 😎

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