The Tilted World: A Novel

Set against the backdrop of the historic 1927 Mississippi Flood, a story of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge and a man and a woman who find unexpected love from Tom Franklin, author of the bestselling Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and his wife, Pushcart Prize winning poet Beth Ann FennellyThe year is 1927 As rains swell the MississippSet against the backdrop of the historic 1927 Mississippi Flood, a story of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge and a man and a woman who find unexpected love from Tom Franklin, author of the bestselling Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and his wife, Pushcart Prize winning poet Beth Ann FennellyThe year is 1927 As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf all 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 on the trail of a local bootlegger, they unexpectedly find an abandoned baby boy at a crime scene.An orphan raised by nuns, Ingersoll is determined to find the infant a home, a search that leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver A lonely woman married too young to a charming and sometimes violent philanderer, Dixie Clay has lost her only 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 missing agents And while he seems kind and gentle, Dixie Clay knows he is the enemy and must not be trusted.Then a deadly new peril arises, endangering them all A saboteur, hired by rich New Orleans bankers eager to protect their city, is planning to dynamite the levee and flood Hobnob, where the river bends precariously Now, with time running out, Ingersoll, Ham, and Dixie Clay must make desperate choices, choices that will radically transform their lives if they survive.
The Tilted World A Novel Set against the backdrop of the historic Mississippi Flood a story of murder and moonshine sandbagging and saboteurs dynamite and deluge and a man and a woman who find unexpected love from Tom

  • Title: The Tilted World: A Novel
  • Author: Tom Franklin Beth Ann Fennelly
  • ISBN: 9780062069207
  • Page: 470
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    About the Author

    Tom Franklin Beth Ann Fennelly

    Tom Franklin was born and raised in Dickinson, Alabama He held various jobs as a struggling writer living in South Alabama, including working as a heavy equipment operator in a grit factory, a construction inspector in a chemical plant and a clerk in a hospital morgue In 1997 he received his MFA from the University of Arkansas His first book, Poachers was named as a Best First Book of Fiction by Esquire and Franklin received a 1999 Edgar Award for the title story Franklin has published two novels Hell at the Breech, published in 2003 and Smonk published in 2006 The recipient of the 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, Franklin now teaches in the University of Mississippi s MFA program and lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife, the poet Beth Ann Fennelly, and their children.

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    • karen said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      this was just beautiful. i knew i was going to love it, having read two books by franklin and one by fennelly (and for me to give four stars to a poetry book is unusual), but it really exceeded my expectations. and for those of you who are wary, as i usually am, of books written by two authors, know that in this case, when both of the authors are excellent at their craft, it can be a really magical experience takes place in 1927, when the mississippi river is about to burst through its levees an [...]

    • Will Byrnes said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Dixie Clay woke past noon, and even waking she noted that the world sounded different from when she’d retired at dawn. As she swung her feet off the bed and into rubber boots, she looked out her window. The rain lashing Hobnob had slowed, now just fat drops plopping from greasy-looking leaves. By the time she was drinking instant coffee in her kitchen, the sun was coming out. This had happened a few times since the big rains had started in November, but Dixie Clay no longer ran to the door. Sh [...]

    • Candi said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      The year is 1927, the year of the Great Mississippi Flood. "The levee at Mounds Landing, near Greenville, Mississippi, collapsed, and a wall of water one hundred feet high and with twice the force of Niagara Falls scooped out the Delta. It flattened almost a million homes, drowning twenty-seven thousand square miles, sometimes in up to thirty feet of water, and the water remained for four months. Over 330,000 people were rescued from trees, roofs, and levees. At a time when the federal budget wa [...]

    • Margitte said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      1927. Hobnob Landing, Mississippi, population 3244. The town was nestled where the Mississippi doubled back like a black racer fixing to bite its tail.Who could have predicted, when the engineers corseted the river, straightened it out, that a flood of this magnitude would reclaim the original flow, destroying the government levees which was suppose to defy God's ideas about this mighty river?"It is time to tell you a story, a story that will surprise you. The year was 1927, and Lord, the rains [...]

    • Lawyer said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      The Tilted World: Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly's Tag Team NovelI've followed the career of Tom Franklin from his initial anthology Poachers. He is a dizzying wonder of the genre that has become known as "Grit Lit." These are the stories of the Rough South hearkening back to Harry Crews, Tim McLaurin and others. He's provided the introduction to Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader that gives about the best explanation of this growing subgenre of Southern Literature I've read.Read through his c [...]

    • Diane S ☔ said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      The Tilted World The 1920's was a time for a great many changes, it also ushered in a tremendous opportunity for crime. Prohibition, bootleggers, saboteurs, and revenue men all have a prominent role in this book. There was also one of the greatest natural disasters to ever strike the United States which happened in 1927 and affected those along the Mississippi River, from Cairo, Illinois all the way to Mississippi.Loved the history behind this book, but also loved the characters. The Civil War h [...]

    • Pamela said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      “This is a story with murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge. A ruthless husband, a troubled uncle, a dangerous flapper, a loyal partner. A woman married to the wrong husband, who died a little every day.”Nineteen-twenty-seven was a golden time for much of the nation – the affluent, jazz infused, flapper swinging, speakeasy Roaring Twenties - but not for those living along the Mississippi River and its tributaries like the Gawiwatchee. The only ‘roaring’ t [...]

    • Snotchocheez said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      I've consistently sung the praises of Tom Franklin's lofty brand of deep Southern (US) fiction. From his Grand Guignol splatter-fest historical fiction (Hell at the Breach and Smonk), to his short stories (Poachers), to his contemporary look at race relations, cloaked in a murder mystery (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter) I've enjoyed everything he's written. I was really leery, though, aboutThe Tilted World, and put off reading it for nearly a year, mostly because I just could not envision a coll [...]

    • ☮Karen said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      The history of the 1927 flooding of the Mississippi River was fascinating, and evidence that Mother Nature knew how to wreak havoc back then same as today. The writing and word choices were delightful. I loved the Revenuers' stories, the bootlegger/antagonist, and his wife Dixie Clay, "a woman married to the wrong husband, who died a little every day." The flood is a major part of the story, what these people were doing leading up to it and after, "sandbagging and sabateurs, dynamite and deluge. [...]

    • Josh said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Great job Tomor great job Beth Annwho knows? Regardless of the author, or combination, I liked it. My guess is that the Mrs. had much to do with this work. Tom has proven to me he can rip my guts out and make me smile (Poachers is a personal favorite) and he has a soft side as well (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter has emotions out the wazoo), but something about this one gave me a different take? Did the barrel age on a different rack or was it a different mash bill? I suspect a little of both.Th [...]

    • Matt Brady said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Moonshine and murder in backwoods Mississippi on the eve of the Great Flood of 1927, one of the worst natural disasters America has ever suffered, an event that has been largely forgotten today. It's a great setting for a novel, which is part of the reason I was annoyed that so much of the page count was taken up describing a goddamn baby. You know what's cool and interesting? Redneck moonshiners matching wits against undercover revenue agents on the banks of a rapidly swelling river threatening [...]

    • Carol said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Even though I read and loved Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, I wasn’t sure that this one would be as interesting because it’s about a 1927 flood in Mississippi. I shouldn’t have been concerned. Tom Franklin is a wonderful storyteller. Apparently his wife is too. They collaborated on this novel. This was a well-researched historical novel about a natural disaster that forever altered the lives of countless flood victims along the banks of the Mississippi. Surprisingly, it is also an unlikel [...]

    • Sonja Arlow said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Set against the backdrop of the Mississippi flood of 1927 for some reason I expected a much heavier read but there was a lot of feel-good to be had here. The story is set in Hobnob, 3,000-odd people "nestled where the Mississippi doubled back on itself like a black racer fixing to bite its tail"This is a place full of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge and all the characters leapt off the pages. The telling is split between Dixie Clay, a bootlegger who lost her [...]

    • Jeanette said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      The historic locale and dire flood in hard, hard times tone was perfect. But that's about the only thing that was, for me. The writing was conducted in this novel by the current fad mode of using continual or alternating time and place hops. And with different focus of "eyes" description and dialog styles in varying chapters on top of it. Well, it ruined the entire connection of interest and plot tension as a reader, in my case. Beyond that, the story was so contrived and unrealistic in the time [...]

    • Mississippi Library Commission said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Sometimes books by two authors seem choppy or poorly written. This is far from the case withThe Tilted World. It's no longer business as usual for a husband and wife pair of bootleggers when revenuers come to town. They're following rumors of a big still and looking for their fellow agents who have mysteriously disappeared. Set against the backdrop of the Great Flood of 1927, the story is intriguing, the language is downright lyrical, and the characters captured our attention from the first page [...]

    • Kathleen said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      (3.5 stars for story, 4.5 for narration, 4 for history.)I listened to narrator Brian D'Arcy James. This is fictionalized history with a strong romance thread. A Tilted World is set in April of 1927, when moonshine was prohibited and the Mississippi River flooded seven states -- to date the worst river flood in US history. The town in this photo (Greenville, Mississippi) features prominently in the book. It's located 30 miles from the book's fictional setting of Hobnob Landing.Contents include a [...]

    • Jane Stewart said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Good story. Engaging. Interesting characters and conflicts. But too many flashbacks.FLASHBACKS:This could have been 4 or 5 stars, but the frequent use of flashbacks was annoying and kept making me angry. Who is telling authors to use flashbacks?????? It’s criminal. “Stein on Writing” is my authoritative source which says: “Flashbacks break the reading experience. They pull the reader out of the story to tell what happened earlier.”Here’s how the flashbacks went. When I say current da [...]

    • LeAnne said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Tom Franklin's books have always pleased me, and this one did not disappoint. Living in New Orleans, the idea of massive levee failures and widespread flooding is something that I can relate to, and the background tension that Franklin built in to the novel was palpable. The scene where Ing's horse, Horace, feels reverberations from the levee underfoot, while brief, spoke to me. He painted that frightening suspense throughout the novel quite well.If you've never read any of Franklin's works, I w [...]

    • Nancy said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Set against the backdrop of the historic 1927 Mississippi Flood, a story of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge-and a man and a woman who find unexpected love-from Tom Franklin, author of the bestselling Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and his wife, Pushcart Prize-winning poet Beth Ann FennellyThe year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf all in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll an [...]

    • Cheryl said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Started slow but before I knew it, I was absorbed into the story. The authors seemed to intend this as a romance but I really felt the romance was really just background for the real story. A very good read for a cloudy day after a long, busy week. One problem, am now very, very hungry for a great rack of ribs! Since the book did let us know the information about that era and its bootleggers was based on facts (the town and people are fictional), I learned something too. It reminded me that desp [...]

    • Rob Slaven said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      As usual, I received this book free in exchange for a review. Despite that kind consideration, my candid thoughts appear below.Our story begins with a bootlegger's wife in the 1930s. Her world is a city on the brink of disaster as the flooding Mississippi threatens to surge over its banks and turn her home into a lake.In general I tend to be rather hard on historical fiction. A lot of what is on offer from that genre is rather forced and authors seem to just be decorating a modern story with a f [...]

    • LynnDee (The Library Lush) said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Nothing pains me more than when an adult novel features instalove. Also, the ending wrapped up a little too nicely for my liking. I did enjoy the writing and the setting, but with the instalove, too nice ending, and seemingly flat (IMO) characters, I can't give this more than 2 stars.

    • Janet said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      4.5 rounded up to 5 stars. Partially because I love the name of the main female character, Dixie Clay.

    • Vicki said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Fiction based on extensive research of events all too real, The Tilted World tells the story of the great Mississippi Flood of 1927 from the perspective of two people who are brought together by this catastrophic event.The book, co-written by a literary husband/wife team, tells the tale from alternating perspectives of the female protagonist, a surprisingly likeable moonshine whiskey brewer, and the male protagonist, a sharp shooting war hero turned Revenue Agent.Ted Ingersoll and his senior par [...]

    • Jai Francy said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      I LOVED it. I am about write something never written in a review by me I am sad I only had 5 stars to give it.The Tilted World is an epic novel set against the dynamic backdrop of The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Being raised a Yankee, I have NEVER previously heard about this event in American History. Living in the day where tomorrow morning’s news shows will be on location at tonight’s disaster, it’s hard to imagine that there once was a time when no one showed up to such a catastrop [...]

    • ☕Laura said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      This review refers to an ARC of this book which I received for free through the First Reads program.In 1927, after months of unrelenting rain, the Mississippi river breeched the levee near Greenville, Mississippi, flooding 27,000 square miles in up to 30 feet of water, arguably the greatest natural disaster in US history. In the days leading up to this flood, as the river rises, revenue agents Ingersoll and Ham arrive in the fictional town of Hobnob Landing, charged with the task of uncovering [...]

    • sappho_reader said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      I've read references to The Great Flood of 1927 in other books but this is the first one that focused exclusively on this historic event. Tom Franklin succeeded in creating a dismal world in which heavy downpours lasted for months with no reprieve, sometimes receiving 13 inches of rain in one day. The physical and psychological consequences for those living through this were staggering.So where did all that rain go? The levee system in Mississippi was inadequate to say the least. Can you imagine [...]

    • Sam said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      Set against the backdrop of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, The Tilted World tells the story of how the lives of a bootlegger, her shady husband, an orphaned baby, and two federal revenue agents will become entwined with one another. Though I had high hopes for this novel, I ended up pretty disappointed. The main story feels rather flimsy as the authors insist on featuring too much of the lead characters' backstories, which by the way, aren’t even effective in imbuing them with much depth [...]

    • Diane Barnes said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      I gave this book 3 stars, but would like to add another 1/2 star. The reason I didn't rate it higher was because I loved Franklin's previous book, "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" so much that I very unfairly compared the two novels, and this one suffered for it. Larry Ott of Crooked Letter is one of my favorite fictional characters ever. I'm not sure how Franklin and Fennelly (a married couple) divvied up the writing chores, but I never really saw a great difference in style. I agree with anoth [...]

    • Clare said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 17:14 PM

      The 2 best qualities pf this book were 1) I learned about a massive flood and its impact on the US economy, culture, northward migration, etc. and 2) it was quite engaging; I could not stop reading because I was so interested in discovering what would happen to Dixie and William.Unfortunately, some parts of the book were hard to swallow. For example, the romance that blossoms seems a little contrived as the two of them "ride off into the distance" at the end. And sometimes the plot seemed to goo [...]

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