I’ll admit that when I read the description of Mockingbird, I thought, ‘You’re shitting me’. But it was Gavin Grant himself who gave me the book when he and Kelly Link were reading at my store several months back. I think very highly of those two, so I knew he wouldn’t steer me wrong. In short, this book involves a vivacious Southern woman who also happens to be a seer and who has also recently passed away, leaving behind two grown daughters and a confused husband. The eldest daughter Toni, who is trying to sort out the mess her mother left behind and take care of her sister, inherits her mother’s ‘gift’. This sounds ludicrous I know. So just ignore what I am saying and read the book anyway because it’s fucking hilarious. Really, it is. I read it over the course of an evening and a morning, almost spraying Mr. Bookdwarf alternately with beer and with coffee, laughing at parts of this book.
I’ve been a huge fan of his for years. The guy is seriously talented and I wish he were better known. You should pick up Perfect Circle next. It’s a fantastic ghost story, also set in Texas.
Oh, you are a lucky girl. Mockingbird was the first novel of Sean’s I read too and it’s still my favorite. I think it’s damn near perfect. All his books are worth checking out (and fabulous), but Galveston and Perfect Circle are the two others that are on the same level as Mockingbird.