Jesmond Toak works as a repo man in the fictional town of
Johnsonville, located in a hurricane alley on the Florida coast. He has a
troubled relationship with his father; their pastor’s gay son, Bayonne, has
become implicated in a suicide by gas asphyxiation of his boyfriend; and the
woman Jesmond loves, Peaches Raymond, is married (to a threatening man they
call “Special Ed”). As various deaths, disasters, and disappearance occur in
the days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Aretha, Woodward ties together
these unruly plot points with madcap glee.
As lyrical as Charles Baxter and as sexy as Zane, Woodward
writes with an agile maturity that belies his status as a first-time novelist.
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