Tower jockey Benny Poteat has seen a lot of things. Working hundreds of feet in the air repairing tension lines and replacing burnt-out bulbs, secured by nothing but a leather harness and carabiners, he's witnessed baptisms, outdoor weddings, dogfights, glorious sunsets, topless sunbathers, fierce storms, raging fires, and plenty more. Not much he sees surprises him, until the day he watches a woman die. She approaches the river that snakes far below him, sets up a video camera, and walks in to the rushing water, never to reappear. Startled by what he's witnessed and his inability to prevent it, Benny hurries down the tower to the scene of her death. He gathers up her belongings, and doesn't tell a soul about what he saw. Instead, he visits the address on a business card in the drowned girl's bag. He insinuates himself into a life she once lived. Meanwhile, the secret he carries threatens to destroy him.More
"[An] immaculately written, perversely comic novel....Mesmerizing and disturbing." (Booklist)
"[A] funny, bleak and poetic novel....Sherrill paints a wryly humorous, bawdy, scatological panorama of Southern culture....More than that, his limpid, naturalistic prose, woven with symbolic structure and philosophical insinuation, conveys a subtly convincing sense of the enervating voyeurism of modern life." (Publishers Weekly)
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