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Cadillac Orpheus

Solon Timothy Woodward

A darkly comic novel of class, struggle, and crime within three generations of an African- American family in the Deep South. Jesmond Toak is a repo man in the fictional town of Johnsonville, Florida. A poor African-American in a hurricane alley on the coast, Jesmond has a troubled relationship with his father, Feddy, who is seeing a white woman who only sleeps with black men. Peaches Richmond, the woman Jesmond loves, is married to a threatening man they all call "Special Ed." And their pastor's gay son, Bayonne, has been implicated in the suicide by gas asphyxiation of his boyfriend, Smullian. As the deaths, disasters, and disappearances mount, Hurricane Aretha approaches. Woodward ties together these unruly plot points with madcap glee and skill; it's not every day one runs across the word "homunculus," references to Kierkegaard, and the phrase "get kronked for Christ!" in the same book. As lyrical as Cormac McCarthy, as sexy as Zane, Woodward has crafted a genre-defying, present-day romp that reveals a side of Florida far removed from Disney World.

A darkly comic novel of class, struggle, and crime within three generations of an African- American family in the Deep South. Jesmond Toak is a repo man in the fictional town of Johnsonville, Florida. A poor African-American in a hurricane alley on the coast, Jesmond has a troubled relationship with his father, Feddy, who is seeing a white woman who only sleeps with black men. Peaches Richmond, the woman Jesmond loves, is married to a threatening man they all call "Special Ed." And their pastor's gay son, Bayonne, has been implicated in the suicide by gas asphyxiation of his boyfriend, Smullian. As the deaths, disasters, and disappearances mount, Hurricane Aretha approaches. Woodward ties together these unruly plot points with madcap glee and skill; it's not every day one runs across the word "homunculus," references to Kierkegaard, and the phrase "get kronked for Christ!" in the same book. As lyrical as Cormac McCarthy, as sexy as Zane, Woodward has crafted a genre-defying, present-day romp that reveals a side of Florida far removed from Disney World.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A darkly comic novel of class, struggle, and crime within three generations of an African- American family in the Deep South. Jesmond Toak is a repo man in the fictional town of Johnsonville, Florida. A poor African-American in a hurricane alley on the coast, Jesmond has a troubled relationship with his father, Feddy, who is seeing a white woman who only sleeps with black men. Peaches Richmond, the woman Jesmond loves, is married to a threatening man they all call "Special Ed." And their pastor's gay son, Bayonne, has been implicated in the suicide by gas asphyxiation of his boyfriend, Smullian. As the deaths, disasters, and disappearances mount, Hurricane Aretha approaches. Woodward ties together these unruly plot points with madcap glee and skill; it's not every day one runs across the word "homunculus," references to Kierkegaard, and the phrase "get kronked for Christ!" in the same book. As lyrical as Cormac McCarthy, as sexy as Zane, Woodward has crafted a genre-defying, present-day romp that reveals a side of Florida far removed from Disney World.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dion Graham

Length:

8h 42m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

13:21


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

39:39


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

23:42


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

39:23


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

17:11


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

15:41


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

31:11


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

21:28


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

28:32


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

23:48


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

27:50


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

08:50


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

23:31


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

35:46


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

12:05


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

13:00


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

03:30


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

15:56


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

09:12


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

09:20


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

04:27


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

14:57


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

07:07


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

16:33


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

12:10


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

13:43


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

07:31


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

05:22


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

05:46


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

06:26


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

07:28


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

08:09


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

00:12