I’ve been listening to this book, Fay by Larry Brown, for a long while. It was 15 CDs long. I got it from the library while I was moving from St. Louis and put it on my iPod so I could return it before I left town. So I have been listening on and off for almost two months. Certainly the longest book on CD venture I have had yet.
The story is about a 17-year-old Mississippi girl who runs away from a poor and abusive household and her subsequent adventures. She got herself into some pretty seedy and unredeeming situations, but the writing kept me captivated, and I was invested in what happened to this girl. I enjoyed listening to it.
A great part of the book took place in Biloxi and a little town called Pass Christian. I was very aware while listening that these places no longer look the way they did when this book was written five years ago. In fact, my friend Jeff who lost everything to Katrina said that Pass Christian pretty much doesn’t exist anymore. Crazy.
Well, I finally finished the book last night and I have to say I was stunned by the horrible ending. I don’t know what more to say. I listened for so long and the ending just sucked. I’m sure the author had a reason. Not every ending is happy. But geesh. That’s tough on a reader! One of the unredeeming situations remained unredeemable and that was it. Man!