Recently by Rita Welty Bourke:

   

We begin our Larry Brown Discovery Tour with a leisurely drive down the Natchez Trace Parkway. Our goal is Oxford, Mississippi, where Larry Brown lived, worked as a fireman, wrote six novels, two story collections, an autobiography, a book of essays, and died at the age of 53.

Leslie, our daughter, is a Larry Brown aficionado. She’s been in love with his writing since college, and in the six years since she graduated, her enthusiasm has not waned. Rather, it’s infected the family; my husband and I are nearly as caught up in his work as she is. The three of us are listening to a CD of Father and Son, the novel Brown published in 1996. I’ve read Miracle of Catfish, Billy Ray’s Farm, and Dirty Work. Leslie is way ahead of me; she’s been… More…