T. R. Pearson
(Aka Thomas Reid Pearson)
[1956 - ]
Red Scare: A Novel of Venomous Intrigue
From the acclaimed author of A Short History of a
Small Place and Seaworthy comes a wholesale departure -- a
comic/horror/romance/fantasy infested with both unsavory American
politicians and venomous Venetian lizards. Awash in Pearson’s singular
wit, Red Scare tells the headlong story of a public school biology teacher
and a National Gallery curator who join forces to thwart the dire
consequences of a medieval Italian curse. This novel, though slender, is
packed to overflowing with priapic senators, clueless teenagers, dubious
art history, clumsy quasi-romantic repartee, garish worldwide
bloodletting, corrosive humor, and enough malicious scuttling reptiles to
keep you from ever planting your bare feet on a darkened floor again.
We’re pleased to offer Red Scare at a special
Glad News of the Natural World
Now, older but not necessarily wiser, Louis Benfield
returns in Glad News of the Natural World. Having moved to New York
City from his hometown of Neely, North Carolina, in order to get a sense
of the larger world, Louis is a modern-day Candide, looking for love and
experience in all the wrong places. However, when tragedy strikes, he
finds the maturity needed to be more than man enough for the job.
Paul Tatum is a small-town accountant. He stands at
a comfortable remove from the rest of the world, even from his clients,
who trust him to make fiscal, sometimes emotional, sense of their lives.
His neighbor Stoney, a local fix-it man, is even more of a recluse. Their
"friendship" consists mostly of nonverbal companionship, but when the two
men become fixated on a local damsel in distress, Paul goads Stoney into
an inexorable course of action that will have tragic consequences for all.
Ranging from rural Virginia to Venice, True Cross is Pearson at his
With this bittersweet tale of Deputy Ray Tatum's
search for a missing child in the wilds of the Virginia Blue Ridge, T. R.
Pearson revisits the seamier side of the South. Among the local citizens
are Ray's hothead girlfriend, his ill-tempered mongrel, and, most
significantly, Clayton, a ne'er-do-well who is notorious for his devotion
to pornographic movies. But Clayton has suddenly undergone a personality
change: he asks to be called "Titus" and seems able to predict the
future-though in random and meaningless ways. As Ray unravels the mystery
of Clayton's condition and thereby closes in on his quarry, the story
moves to its surprising end, never losing the poignant magical realism
that is a Pearson trademark.
Ever since A Short History of a Small Place,
T. R. Pearson has captivated readers. In his seventh novel, Blue Ridge,
Ray Tatum is the new deputy sheriff of Hogarth, Virginia, located in the
middle of nowhere with "nothing too awful gaudy afoot" until the discovery
of a nearly complete set of human bones on the Appalachian Trail.
Meanwhile, Ray's cousin Paul is summoned to New York to identify another
body-the corpse of his son, whom he scarcely knew.
Cry Me a River
In a novel about murder and its consequences in a
small Southern town, a local policeman uses his understanding of the dark
passions that sometimes guide the human heart to investigate the brutal
slaying of his colleague.
Call and Response
A Short History of a Small Place
Marvelously funny, bittersweet, and beautifully
evocative, the original publication of A Short History of a Small Place
announced the arrival of one of our great Southern voices. Although T. R.
Pearson's Neely, North Carolina, doesn't appear on any map of the state,
it has already earned a secure place on the literary landscape of the
South. In this introduction to Neely, the young narrator, Louis Benfield,
recounts the tragic last days of Miss Myra Angelique Pettigrew, a local
spinster and former town belle who, after years of total seclusion,
returns flamboyantly to public view-with her pet monkey, Mr. Britches.
Here is a teeming human comedy inhabited by some of the most eccentric and
endearing characters ever encountered in literature.
Marvelously funny, bittersweet, and beautifully evocative, the original publication of A Short History of a Small Place announced the arrival of one of our great Southern voices. Although T. R. Pearson's Neely, North Carolina, doesn't appear on any map of the state, it has already earned a secure place on the literary landscape of the South. In this introduction to Neely, the young narrator, Louis Benfield, recounts the tragic last days of Miss Myra Angelique Pettigrew, a local spinster and former town belle who, after years of total seclusion, returns flamboyantly to public view-with her pet monkey, Mr. Britches. Here is a teeming human comedy inhabited by some of the most eccentric and endearing characters ever encountered in literature.
Off for the Sweet Hereafter
The Last of How It Was
The last volume in an unforgettable trilogy (with
Seaworthy: Adrift with William Willis in the Golden Age of Rafting
Welcome to the daring, thrilling, and downright
strange adventures of William Willis, one of the world’s original extreme
sportsmen. Driven by an unfettered appetite for personal challenge and a
yen for the path of most resistance, Willis mounted a single-handed and
wholly unlikely rescue in the jungles of French Guiana and then twice
crossed the broad Pacific on rafts of his own design, with only housecats
and a parrot for companionship. His first voyage, atop a ten-ton balsa
monstrosity, was undertaken in 1954 when Willis was sixty. His second
raft, having crossed eleven thousand miles from Peru, found the north
shore of Australia shortly after Willis’s seventieth birthday. A marvel of
vigor and fitness, William Willis was a connoisseur of ordeal, all but
orchestrating short rations, ship-wreck conditions, and crushing solitude
on his trans-Pacific voyages.
He’d been inspired by Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl’s bid to prove that a
primitive raft could negotiate the open ocean. Willis’s trips confirmed
that a primitive man could as well. Willis survived on rye flour and
seawater, sang to keep his spirits up, communicated with his wife via
telepathy, suffered from bouts of temporary blindness, and eased the
intermittent pain of a double hernia by looping a halyard around his
ankles and dangling upside-down from his mast.
Rich with vivid detail and wry humor, Seaworthy is the story of a sailor
you’ve probably never heard of but need to know. In an age when countless
rafts were adrift on the waters of the world, their crews out to shore up
one theory of ethno-migration or tear down another, Willis’s challenges
remained refreshingly personal. His methods were eccentric, his
accomplishments little short of remarkable. Don’t miss the chance to meet
this singular monk of the sea.
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