1933 Southern-set novel that, along with "Tobacco Row," is Erskine Caldwell's best-known (only known really) novel. Caldwell was writing during the great wave of Southern writers, which also included Faulkner (his obvious influence), Katherine Ann Porter, Robert Penn Warren, and Flannery O'Connor. Caldwell is not in their class and comes off as a parody of Southern cliches (poverty, rural life, messed up families, racism, God). Could this be the start of white trash exploitation? It's worth reading for historical importance. It was banned in certain circles. This edition features vaguely psychedelic drawings by Milton Glaser, which don't really fit with the book.
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