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August 25 , 2007

The Death of Sweet Mister

A Novel


Shug Akins is a lonely, overweight thirteen-year-old boy. His mother, Glenda, is the one person who loves him – she calls him Sweet Mister and attempts to boost his confidence and give him hope for his future. Shuggie's purported father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises the boy. Into this small-town Ozarks mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce, with his shiny green T-bird and his smart city clothes. When he and Glenda begin a torrid affair, a series of violent events is inevitably set in motion. The outcome will break your heart.
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