Since I’ve known people whose agents have flown out with really great news I didn’t find it alarming. But then the article goes on to say that the agent staged what was nearly an intervention - telling Franklin that most of his book (which had long been under contract) was no good.
The books about two boys - one white and one black - who are friends as children thirty years ago and then grow apart as teens. Then the white boy takes a girl on a date to a drive-in movie -only she never comes back from the date. He is the prime suspect, but there isn’t enough evidence to charge him. Cut to now: the white man is an outcast and loner, the black man a constable.
And then another girl disappears.
The title comes from a pneumonic device used to teach children how to spell Mississippi: M, I, crooked-letter, crooked-letter, I, crooked-letter, crooked-letter, I, humpback, humpback, I.
Read more about Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter here.
I really liked the book, although there was one plot point I felt didn’t ring true. If you’ve read the book and would like to talk about it, let me know.