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The Tilted World (Paperback)
Tilted World is a lovely novel crafted by a talented husband and wife writing duo. Set in a sodden 1927 Mississippi as Herbert Hoover's political star is ascendant, the co-authors create a two memorable sets of collaborators working amidst the floods that devastated the watershed that year: a husband/wife bootlegging team, and two of Hoover's best revenue agents bent on solving the disappearance of fellow revenuers last seen in the company of the husband-moonshiner. Themes of trust and parenthood eddy around a plot that sweeps inexorably along like the mighty river itself. -- Chris— From Chris Wilcox
October 2013 Indie Next List
“In a compelling, poetic, and detailed manner, Franklin and Fennelly bring to life a little-known catastrophe in American history. The Tilted World weaves together the stories of two endearing characters -- an orphan who grows up to be a decorated World War I hero turned Prohibition revenuer and a bootlegging firecracker of a woman who yearns for her lost child. Add the setting of a town on the brink of destruction by deluge and some unsavory characters looking to profit from calamity, and the reader will be swept away by their story.”
— Sara Peyton, CoffeeTree Books, Morehead, KY
In 1927, as rains swell the Mississippi, the river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, where federal agents Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson arrive to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents--and find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene.
Ingersoll finds a home for the infant with local woman Dixie Clay Holliver, unaware that she's the best bootlegger in the county and has many tender and consequential secrets of her own.
The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love.
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