Here's a sly, dry, hilarious collection of essays, his first in more than 10 years, from the writer who, according to The New York Times Book Review, is "in serious contention for the title of America's most cherished humorist".This time Blount focuses on his own dueling loyalties across the great American divide, North vs. South. Scholarly, raunchy, biting, and affable, ol' Roy takes on topics ranging from chicken fingers to yellow-dog Democrats to Elvis' toes. And he shares experiences: chatting with Ray Charles, rounding up rattlesnakes, watching George and Tammy record, meeting an Okefenokee alligator (also named George, or Georgette), imagining Faulkner's tennis game, and being swept up, sort of, in the filming of Nashville. His yarns, analyses, and flights of fancy transcend all standard shades of Red, Blue, and in between.
Long Time Leaving is a comic ode to American variety and also a droll assault on complacency, North and South - a glorious union of diverse pieces reshaped and expanded into an American classic.
"Roy Blount is so foot-tappingly good that the North and the South will fight to claim him. This book can keep you sane." (Jacqueline Carey)
"Roy Blount is so funny, and he sounds like he's just talking, and the next thing you know he has tossed off an essay as elegant and intricately structured as a birdsong. His ear for American speech is better than anybody's." (Ian Frazier)
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Unabridged edition, please