Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
The members of the book club liked this novel. The protagonist, Larry, garnered much sympathy from the group due to his being ostracized by his peers long before the murder of Cindy Walker. As adults, we recognized the sorrow for a young child whose only desire was to have a friend. Larry's mental acuity was discussed, as some members felt that he may have been mentally challenged; however, his desire for reading and knowledge took the place of his lack of personal connection. The mask in the story held much symbolism because it was the only time when Larry was accepted, even if for a short time. However, the mask also represented the monster that people saw in Larry that truly did not exist.
Karla Erdman, book club founder and organizer
Each month the club meets to discuss a chosen book. The blogs are notes from each meeting and club members' comments.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are going to read any of the discussions below, you may learn more about a novel than you wanted. Some endings have been revealed.
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