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Set against the backdrop of the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love, from Tom Franklin, the acclaimed author of the New York Times best-seller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and award-winning poet Beth Ann Fennelly.
The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson. Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who'd been on the trail of a local bootlegger, they are astonished to find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene.
Ingersoll, an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the infant a home, and his search leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver. A strong woman married too young to a philandering charmer, Dixie Clay has lost a child to illness and is powerless to resist this second chance at motherhood. From the moment they meet, Ingersoll and Dixie Clay are drawn to each other. He has no idea that she's the best bootlegger in the county and may be connected to the agents' disappearance. And while he seems kind and gentle, Dixie Clay knows full well that he is an enemy who can never be trusted.
When Ingersoll learns that a saboteur might be among them, planning a catastrophe along the river that would wreak havoc in Hobnob, he knows that he and Dixie Clay will face challenges and choices that they will be fortunate to survive. Written with extraordinary insight and tenderness, The Tilted World is that rarest of creations, a story of seemingly ordinary people who find hope and deliverance where they least expect it - in each other.
©2013 Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Kenny Hogan on 11-25-13

My Simple Short Review

What made the experience of listening to The Tilted World the most enjoyable?

The thing I enjoyed most about this book is that it makes you actually care about and even worry about the characters in the story. With this story the reader gets to gain some historical insight about the south in the year 1927.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them were memorable, but Ted Ingersoll was my kind of guy.

What about Brian D'Arcy James’s performance did you like?

Great narration and articulation, various voices.

Any additional comments?

If you want a good story, memorable characters, and a sense of history during prohibition and what can happen in a natural disaster, this is for you. I think this book would make a great movie. I'd love to see this story on the big screen.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful


By Debbie on 03-02-15

1927 Bootleggers, Revenuers, an Orphan & the Flood

Wrapped up in the history of the downpours of 1926 and 1927 and eventual flood of the great Mississippi River, this historical fiction tale is one of the BEST books I've come across in a long, long time. As a young girl, Dixie Clay comes of age and falls in love with Jessie, a handsome man who visits their farm every year and buys her animal hides. Little did she know, he was a bootlegger. And as time goes on, she learns more about Jessie . . . Rich in detail of rural Mississippi, moonshiners, revenuers, crooked lawmen, and just plain folk caught up in the upheaval of the times, The Tilted World is a stunning novel of pain, sadness, despair, and ultimately of hope, determination and victory.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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