But it's his family members that really take the cake. His daughter may be having a nervous breakdown, and his mother's just out of prison for attempting to poison the president's dog. And when they hit the road with a geriatric, an adoptive son trying to discover his parentage, and an enraged psychopath on their tails, all hell may break loose.
And you thought your family was strange But some characters call a writer back. Welcome to the ribald, rollicking, and sometimes peculiar world of Tim Sandlin's GroVont, Wyoming, where family is always paramount, no matter how strange. I tried to read this book a few times but just could not get into it.. My husband did read it though and found it to be very quirky and said it was pretty good. So it must just be me then I asked my He has published nine novels and a book of columns.
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He wrote eleven screenplays for hire, two of which have been made into movies. His "Sandlinistas" follow him at www. Lydia : A Novel. Tim Sandlin. I don't know. Sandlin's Vonnegut-style that I really admired in book 1 isn't as prevalent here. Though I did appreciate the brash situations and filter-less dialog with the characters.
While I am intrigued as to what lies ahead for the GroVont gang, the jury is out on whether or not I'll pick up book 3 anytime soon. Jan 02, Brent rated it did not like it. Takes a bizarre 13 year old girl who has a baby from the first book and turns her into a man-hating, alcoholic, slutty, mentally ill mess at As much as the author tries to make her cheating husband into the bad guy, I was on his side. Our "heroine" shouldn't be allowed near children. I finally gave up about one-third of the way in when we get to her opinions on penises.
This author must be one weird guy. One of the few books in my life I just couldn't bear to finish. Anyone who compares th Takes a bizarre 13 year old girl who has a baby from the first book and turns her into a man-hating, alcoholic, slutty, mentally ill mess at Anyone who compares these books to Vonnegut or John Irving should be prevented from reading books in the future. At least it killed any desire to read the next two books in the series. View 1 comment. Sep 21, emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: family-drama , titles-i-love , favorites , southern , all-parents-damage-their-children , books-i-own , father-daughter-relationship , drunks-alcoholics , divorce-broken-relationship , road-trip.
Maurey Pierce is a flawed, broken, beautiful character. I loved her the first time I read this book, and I only grew to love her more. Tim Sandlin is a fantastic author who creates characters that are unforgettable. Maurey has a million problems and the rag tag group that ends up in a way saving her all come with their own share of issues but its not really a novel about people with issues; nor is it a novel about alcoholism - though that is Maurey's biggest issue - its a novel about being alive Maurey Pierce is a flawed, broken, beautiful character.
Maurey has a million problems and the rag tag group that ends up in a way saving her all come with their own share of issues but its not really a novel about people with issues; nor is it a novel about alcoholism - though that is Maurey's biggest issue - its a novel about being alive.
Being a human fucking being. Maurey isn't a perfect one, not by a very long shot, but I sure as hell grew to love her. Jun 04, Autum rated it liked it. I was disappointed by this follow up to Skipped Parts. It took me a really long time to read because I could never delve into the piece deeply enough. I liked Maurey Pierce the main character , who is a year-old alcoholic mother of two, but the storyline just wasn't good enough for me. Perhaps it was the other characters she was riding around the country with in an ambulance dragging a trailer full of illegal Coors beer.
It sounds interesting, and hilarious, but the whole thing just never c I was disappointed by this follow up to Skipped Parts. It sounds interesting, and hilarious, but the whole thing just never came together enough for me. View 2 comments. Missing Parts started funny and ended more sadly. Sorrow Floats seems to continue the mood of sadness. Funny in a sad way. Maury even mentions that is how cowboys work through their fears by making jokes.
Jan 22, Kate rated it did not like it. I hated this book only because I hated the character in Skipped Parts. She just simply pissed me off throughout the entire story.
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This one is focused on her so it was very difficult for me to stomach. Sep 16, Paula rated it did not like it Shelves: books-i-couldn-t-get-through. I wanted to like this lively book, I really did. But hard as I tried I could not get past page Not sure why - it simply didn't grab me. Jul 19, Pepper rated it it was ok. Interesting character development and how this group of different people can learn to come to care for one another.
The second novel in this trilogy about the people of GroVont WY is stronger than the first highly praised book, "Skipped Parts". Don't get me wrong, "Skipped Parts" was very good, but I think "Sorrow Floats" is a stronger text on many levels. Like many readers I was at first disappointed that the narrator for "Sorrow Floats" was not Sam Callahan, as I was expecting, but rather one of my least favorite characters from "Skipped Parts", Maurey Pierce. However, I should not have doubted Tim Sandlin's amazing ability to create a convincing and winning narrative voice.
Having read four of his novels now I should know this, but each time it impresses me more and more. How a middle aged man gets in the mind and heart of a 23 year old female alcoholic is beyond me, but I feel strongly that Mr. Sandlin achieves the task. Maurey's winsome observations of those around her, and her wry observations sometimes brutal about herself ring with truth.
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Like all of his texts, a major strength of this novel is the persona and narrative voice Sandlin creates. It should be expected of him by now. This novel also boasts an interesting supporting cast of characters, but I actually found the misfits in this novel likable, and I did not care for them as personalities in "Skipped Parts". Sandlin seems to endow all of them with tenderness, some more rough edged than others, which made them members of humanity that you rooted for.
The novel is sentimental, and there is a death scene in it straight out of everyone's fantasy of what a death of a loved one should be like. It rarely goes that way in reality, but during this saccharine scene I found myself teary eyed at the beauty of the possibility of this scene from a novel being a reality for people. The tenderness of the novel's final chapters, along with the reader's innate desire for the real world to be just like that did not make them seem trite to me, as others have suggested.
Rather, it made them hopeful. I like hope. I need hope. And I think the world does too. Enjoy, and recommend Mr. Sandlin to every reader you know. He deserves a wider audience. Jun 24, Bill P. Sourcebooks reissue of Sorrow Floats will be out in September, but going through my stacks of books I discovered I had a first edition way back from when it was first published by Holt. Not sure why I never read it in the past, but I really enjoyed Tim Sandlin's portrayal of a group of misfits on a road trip from Wyoming to North Carolina in an ambulance hauling a horse trailer full of Coors.
That in itself dates the book but then I remember doing that very thing while attending college in Misso Sourcebooks reissue of Sorrow Floats will be out in September, but going through my stacks of books I discovered I had a first edition way back from when it was first published by Holt.
That in itself dates the book but then I remember doing that very thing while attending college in Missouri. Anyone that went over to Kansas where Coors was available was always responsible for bringing back a case. Once it became widely available, it lost its lustre pretty quickly. Sandlin picks up with his GroVentre characters again, this time focused on Maury Pierce who is now 22 but sounding much older , an alcoholic on a downward spiril but perhaps destined for redemption.
Funny, kind of wise and sentimental at the end. The only thing I found myself wondering was how in touch can a guy writing from inside a woman's head really be. Didn't matter, maybe that's what made Maurey so appealing a character. Sorrow Floats is the 2nd book in the GroVont trilogy, but the character of Maurey Pierce has aged 10 years.
She now has a 2nd child with her husband Dothan, and after her father dies she seeks solace in the arms of Yukon Jack. The problem being that Yukon Jack is a brand of Whisky, and Maurey has become an alcoholic. After driving with her son on the roof of her car Maurey's world seems to implode. A chance of redemption comes along with the offer of a roadtrip, to deliver some illegal booze, wi Sorrow Floats is the 2nd book in the GroVont trilogy, but the character of Maurey Pierce has aged 10 years.
A chance of redemption comes along with the offer of a roadtrip, to deliver some illegal booze, with a bizarre cast of characters.
Maurey is the only really featured character from the original book in the series, 'Skipped Parts'. Even though there is humour in this book, it has a darker feel to it.
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So not such a light-hearted read. I found this book on my friend Gordon's list, shortly after Gordon died. I'm trying to read through the books he read. This is the second in this trilogy, but it's where I started. The main character is a suicidal alcoholic who isn't admitting to being an alcoholic. She ends up in a mess, and leaves town with two people that she'd never, in a normal situation, be involved with. That unlikely trio picks up more characters along the way. It's an odd road trip, tinged with regret and humor, traged I found this book on my friend Gordon's list, shortly after Gordon died.
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It's an odd road trip, tinged with regret and humor, tragedy and small triumphs. It's a very subtle book. Though the characters themselves are not subtle, the way the story is put together is very balanced, and a thread develops after a traumatic event that ties everything together. Bittersweet in many ways, the ending is a damn fine tribute to some very well fleshed out characters and their various paths.
All told, I'd recommend it. Not your usual road trip.
May 28, Joy rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. At 23, Maurey Pearce is an alcoholic. When she is pulled over for driving drunk through town with her baby on top of the car , her adulterous husband ensures she can't see her child, she can't live in her house, and she can't buy bullets or sharp items in town. Desperate and living in a tent, she teams up with some Alcoholics Anonymous members--a wheelchair-bound teller of tall tales and a lonely man in a quest for the wife who left him--in a ha 2nd in the GroVont trilogy, set in the early s.
Desperate and living in a tent, she teams up with some Alcoholics Anonymous members--a wheelchair-bound teller of tall tales and a lonely man in a quest for the wife who left him--in a harebrained scheme to smuggle a trailer full of Coors beer back east where it's illegal and where Maurey's 8-yo daughter is now living with her father, Sam Callahan for as wild a road trip as you can imagine.
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Alternately funny with Sandlin's trademark black humor , touching, and weird. Apr 11, Maurey Pierce rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Yeah, I know everyone says this, but this book is one of those that literally helped to shape the person I am. It inspired me to make some pretty big changes in my life, and sent me off on a crazy road trip to meet the writer, Tim Sandlin, in Jackson Hole, WY - a story that's probably worth a book of its own someday. It's required reading for women, alcoholics, tortured writers Mash Maurey in with Lucy Van Pelt, and you've got my dream best girlfriend.
Or wait Aug 30, Emily Blake rated it it was ok Shelves: miscellaneous. I really just like this book because of Sandlin's unique writing style. The plot wasn't super exciting. Basically he just wrote about a bunch of strange people living their lives together on a road trip. Sandlin looks at life in a way that most people normally don't, and I learn new things about people with each book. Unfortunately I'm tired of the filthy language now. At first his lewd writing style added some intrigue and comedy, but now it just feels like old news.
On top of that this story w I really just like this book because of Sandlin's unique writing style. On top of that this story was flat out depressing. I felt angry and abused the whole time I was reading it. I definitely preferred the first book of this trilogy "Skipped Parts. Jun 13, Erik rated it it was amazing.
I liked the first Gro Vont book, Skipped Parts, a lot, but it was more of a coming of age story with really strange twists. This one was cathartic and deep. Maury seemed somewhat unlikable after the first book, but this one delves deep into her complexities and challenges. I really liked Sam Callahan after Skipped Parts, and although he's not directly in this book, he's been made into a godlike figure.
I almost don't want to read the next one because I don't want to ruin my image of Spectacular! I almost don't want to read the next one because I don't want to ruin my image of Sam. Apr 10, Colin rated it really liked it. It took me a while to get into it, and it did take a while, but it was worth it. When you get closer to the end everything starts to come together. Near the very end some events might cause you to get a few tears in your eyes.
The last few chapters it all come together and you can't help by smile as you realize what the whole story meant. I don't want to give everything away, but if you've started it and are I loved Skipped Parts, and at first I didn't like this much compaired to Skipped Parts. I don't want to give everything away, but if you've started it and are having trouble, keep on because it's worth it at the end.
Jun 22, Mike Wood rated it it was amazing. The characters and wordplay were great and while the 70's setting wasn't front and center in the story, it added a nice backdrop. I was not aware that this was the middle book in a trilogy when I first started reading it, but I'm def going to check out the other two. Dec 28, Lori rated it really liked it. This was a perfect example of why I don't like to stop reading a book once I start even if I'm not feeling it at first. I didn't really care for Maurey in the first book of the series but I loved the writing style of the author.
By the end of the book I finally warmed up to Maurey. The characters that this author writes are just beyond imagination and they make me laugh out loud often. Mar 19, Debi G. Inexplicably drawn to these books and their characters.