In 1927, the lower Mississippi River Valley experienced a behemoth flood – spreading water up to 30 feet deep across 27,000 miles, killing hundreds in it’s path and making thousands of people homeless. In The Tilted World, Tom Franklin uses this flood as a backdrop to a wonderful story which brings together a bootlegger, a Revenue Agent and a baby.
For any lover of historical fiction, this is a must read. There’s so much fascinating information about this flood, and Tom Franklin does an excellent job of setting up the right characters to tell it. I had no idea, for instance, that the government sent men to patrol the levees, not just for leaks or breaks, but for sabotage. Communities downriver were extremely frightened of the possibility of losing their own homes and businesses, and would rather their northern neighbors suffer than themselves. He also delves into the world and politics of prohibition and bootlegging. To top it off, there’s adventure, thrills, danger and a love story all within the pages of this excellent novel.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013
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