Desperation Road

Desperation Road

A Novel

Book - 2017
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For eleven years the clock has been ticking for Russell Gaines as he sits in Parchman penitentiary in the Mississippi Delta. His sentence is now up, and he believes his debt has been paid. But when he returns home, he soon discovers that revenge lives and breathes all around him. On the same day that Russell is released from prison, a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate under the punishing summer sun. Desperate and exhausted, the pair spend their last dollar on a room for the night, a night that ends with Maben running through the darkness holding a pistol, and a dead deputy sprawled in the middle of the road in the glow of his own headlights. With the dawn, destinies collide, and Russell is forced to decide whose life he will save--his own or those of the woman and child. Delivered in powerful and lyrical prose, Desperation Road is a story of troubled souls twisted with regret and bound by secrets that stretch over the years and across the land.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316353038
Branch Call Number: Fiction Smi
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 06, 2017

The premise of an ex-con helping a downtrodden woman and her daughter appealed to me. The author is definitely talented and has a way with words which kept the story flowing at a good pace. But when I got to the end I found myself unsatisfied. I just thought "what was the point of all that?" Russell and Maben were both unlikeable characters. I absolutely hated that Russell constantly drank while driving. And he spent a lot of the book doing just that. Didn't he learn anything from those 11 years in prison? Well written, but didn't like the actual story as much as I thought I would.


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