The Tilted World (Hardcover)

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Pay attention, because the details are key: it's 1927, the Mississippi River is about to overflow its banks, Prohibition is the name of the game, and two revenuers have just dropped off an orphaned baby with the wife of the bootlegger they are looking for in the rural town of Hobnob, Mississippi just over the flood line...but they don't know it yet.  Got it?  Don't worry.  Husband and wife team Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly explain it much better than I can. The revenuers in the novel, Ted and Ham, are the Starsky and Hutch of Prohibition in Mississippi.  They are summoned to a private/secret meeting in the car of a cross-country train for a meeting with President Coolidge.  He's got a bootlegger making his legislation look bad in Hobnob, Mississippi, and the two revenuers to whom he originally gave the assignment are mysteriously missing.  On the way to their assignment, Ted and Ham stumble across the bloody aftermath of a burglary gone wrong.  The only survivor is a crying baby sitting in a pool of blood on the floor of the burgled mercantile.  It's hard to track down bootleggers with a baby in tow, so they've got to get rid of it asap.  The most qualified candidate is Dixie Clay Holliver - a woman who lost her child to illness a year before, and married to the very same bootlegger for whom Ted and Ham are looking.  Throughout the book I continued to be unable to fathom how two writers can so seamlessly write a novel together.  I've stopped wondering, and all I want to know next is when they will do it again!  This one is not to be missed by fans of fast-paced historical fiction.

— Jessilynn

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


Set against the backdrop of the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love, from Tom Franklin, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and award-winning poet Beth Ann Fennelly

The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything 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 who'd been on the trail of a local bootlegger, they are astonished to find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene.

Ingersoll, an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the infant a home, and his search leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver. A strong woman married too young to a philandering charmer, Dixie Clay has lost a 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 agents' disappearance. And while he seems kind and gentle, Dixie Clay knows full well that he is an enemy who can never be trusted.

When Ingersoll learns that a saboteur might be among them, planning a catastrophe along the river that would wreak havoc in Hobnob, he knows that he and Dixie Clay will face challenges and choices that they will be fortunate to survive. Written with extraordinary insight and tenderness, The Tilted World is that rarest of creations, a story of seemingly ordinary people who find hope and deliverance where they least expect it--in each other.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062069184
ISBN-10: 0062069187
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Pages: 320
Language: English

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