One Mississippi

One Mississippi

A Novel

Book - 2006
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When Daniel Musgroves family moves to a small Mississippi town at the beginning of his junior year, he faces all the pain and thrills of adolescence, with extra helpings of hormones and humiliation. But then he meets Tim, a fellow outsider, and the two become fast friends. You only need one best friend, Daniel reasons, to make it through high school alive. Together, they negotiate the triumphs and tribulations of junior year: going to the prom in sky blue tuxesit is 1973, after allplaying in an original Baptist musical entitled Christ!, and an unforgettable encounter with their secret heroes, Sonny and Cher. But when the first-ever black prom queen of Minor High School is hit by a car and emerges from her coma believing shes white, Daniel and Tim find themselves caught up in a shocking chain of events that leads to a shattering climax. In the spirit of Richard Russo and Tom Perrotta, Mark Childress is one of our sharpest and most keen-eyed chroniclers of small-town life. ONE MISSISSIPPI is his most ambitious and accomplished novel yet.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2006
ISBN: 9780316012119
0316012114
Branch Call Number: CHI
Characteristics: 385 p

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Nov 27, 2013

Another good read for me (I seem to only choose good ones) Daniel Musgrave is sixteen and leaving his friends in Indiana to move with his family to Mississippi, or Mi'ssippi as the locals call it. It is the seventies when integration is still very much an experiment, but still a time when the most beautiful black girl in the school can get elected as Prom Queen. Daniel is a fish out of water and only begins to settle in when he meets Tim, another outsider, and they hang together. Their adventures are sometimes hilarious (meeting Cher is a highlight) and sometimes harrowing. Tim is driving the car that hits the Prom Queen and leaves her in a coma. At this point the book has only just begun. I found the narrative rolling me along wondering how things would turn out. Daniel is likable, and Tim is not so much. Don't let anyone tell you the end. Read it for yourself. It will leave you wondering why you didn't see it coming.

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