Haints

Haints A new book by Clint McCown is always reason to rejoice In Haints McCown is at his storytelling best weaving the lives of his characters together with the forces of nature bad choices love and war

  • Title: Haints
  • Author: Clint McCown
  • ISBN: 9780898232660
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
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    A new book by Clint McCown is always reason to rejoice In Haints, McCown is at his storytelling best, weaving the lives of his characters together with the forces of nature, bad choices, love, and war Ann Hood, The Red ThreadThe aftermath of the biggest tornado to ever rip through rural Lincoln, Tennessee, leaves a naked body, a missing person, and an escaped convict i A new book by Clint McCown is always reason to rejoice In Haints, McCown is at his storytelling best, weaving the lives of his characters together with the forces of nature, bad choices, love, and war Ann Hood, The Red ThreadThe aftermath of the biggest tornado to ever rip through rural Lincoln, Tennessee, leaves a naked body, a missing person, and an escaped convict in its wake.Haints is Clint McCown s fourth novel Former creative consultant for HBO and screenwriter for Warner Bros McCown won the American Fiction Prize twice and earned the AP Award for Documentary Evidence.

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    • Katie says:

      Haints by Clint McCown is not what you may expect. Despite the fact that “haint” is an old southern word to describe a ghost, this novel is NOT a ghost story. The author extends the definition to encompass any memories or emotions that haunt his characters. However, haints are occasionally brought up in dialogue. I’m very tempted to call this novel historical fiction, but that is inaccurate. The novel is based on an event that happened the week of McCown’s birth. On Leap Day 1952, a torn [...]

    • Hanna says:

      Haints by Clint McCown is a realistic fictional story about a devastating tornado that hits Lincoln, a fictionalized version of the author’s hometown, Fayetteville, Tennessee. The clean up of the tornado leads to the town residents finding a naked man with a wooden foot lodged into him. They question where the foot came from, and who the life-less man is. When the towns people try to identify this man, he mysteriously disappears from where his body was being held. As the town tries to reconstr [...]

    • Särah Nour says:

      Clint McCown, the only two-time winner of the American Fiction Prize, returns with his eighth book, an atmospheric chronicle of the fictional, tornado-ravaged town of Lincoln, Tennessee. “Haints” takes place on February 29th, 1952, the same date a tornado hit McCown’s hometown of Fayetteville. Each chapter focuses on the personal story of a different character, at times blending realism with supernatural elements (“haint” being a Southern colloquial term for “haunt”). After a brief [...]

    • Lauren Stanislawski says:

      Captivating and ReflectiveLauren StanislawskiWith captivating propose and fresh dialogue that keeps readers turning the pages, Clint McCown’s novel, Haints, is truly a delightful cup of inspiration for any reader. McCown sets the novel in Lincoln, Tennessee, where character relationships and personalities are tested with unexpected natural disasters. The novel tells the stories of multiple characters affected by a devastating tornado and how each character’s story comes to the surface beneat [...]

    • Fictionauthor89 says:

      The story Haints starts off with some background history of the authors history, because in the beginning apparently a tornado hits a town in 1952 the same year a tornado hits the author Clint McCowns small town where he grew up in. This story follows gentlemen named Mr. Gaitlin with only one leg and how he lost his love of his life. He gets to hang out and enjoy seeing his crush, but then a tornado hits and pretty much destroys the town and wipes it clean. Some people believe the gentlemen with [...]

    • Erica Bailey says:

      Clint McCown, the only author to win the American Fiction Prize not once, but twice, returns with his new novel “Haints,” which begins in a small town in Tennessee called Lincoln during the year 1952. “Haints” opens with a suicide and a town-demolishing tornado. McCown, instead of following one character throughout the novel, uses a different voice in each chapter to reflect and relate the events that occur after the tornado. Each character is affected by the tornado, and reading the di [...]

    • Genelle says:

      Haints by Clint McCown is a novel of a small town fictionalized Tennessee which is struck by a tornado. The storm hits early on in the book, and the story continues to show the aftermath through numerous viewpoints. The characters are all tied together in various ways, as people in small towns often are. Each chapter reveals a different perspective. Together, it shows just what can happen when a close-knit community is brought even closer. The book takes place in the 50's during the Korean War, [...]

    • Jan Hough says:

      The southern colloquial word ‘haint,’ means a ghost or an apparition. This title is quite fitting for Clint McCown’s novel. Haints revolves around the people living in the small town of Lincoln, Tennessee as they brace for a storm and the reasons they all have for being haunted. Sailor Ronald Dawson cannot escape his feelings of self-doubt and regret as he wrestles with the notion that he was responsible for the lives of his crew. And Doc McKinney has an ignoble past. Though each chapter i [...]

    • Clifford says:

      This book is a fine example of the novel in stories or story cycle that more resembles Winesburg, Ohio (the granddaddy of the genre) than most. The narrative, told through the eyes of several residents of the fictional town of Lincoln, TN, relates the aftermath of a violent tornado in the 1950s. Lincoln resembles Winesburg in many respects, but the events in this town are even more dramatic. The book truly is a cycle--it begins with a prologue and ends with an epilogue, and the first and last ch [...]

    • Gerry LaFemina says:

      yet again, McCown does what he does best: lets different voices in a community talk through an event, so that what comes up is a story not of an individual but of a community. When the tornado hits the small town of Lincoln, everyone's life is changed, but in the death and chaos that follows (including a crazed minister who believes the End is coming, and a prison break, and a community fundraiser featuring the heavy weight champion), there's redemption and hope.

    • Emilee says:

      Once I started, I couldn't stop. McCown's characters demanded attention, and received it. Each character was so individually interesting, but McCown seamlessly intertwined their lives so well I was just in love with the fictional 1952 Lincoln town. My favorite character was Jerry Lee Statten :)

    • Rachel Coyne says:

      Harrowing, revealing - a book that is hard to put down.

    • Beverly says:

      What a gem! Life in small town Tennessee circa 1950.a "what if" meditation with language that just shines.

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