The Prince of Frogtown

The Prince of Frogtown

Book - 2008
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Rick Bragg closes his circle of family stories with a tale of fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with his ten-year-old stepson. Having married a mother, he discovers that he is unsuited to fatherhood, to this boy in particular, a boy accustomed to love and affection rather than violence and neglect--a boy wholly unlike the child Rick once was. With the weight of this new boy tugging at him, Rick sets out to understand his father, his son, and himself. The book documents a journey back in time to the Alabama landscape of Rick's youth, and to a troubled, charismatic hustler, Rick's father, a man bound to bring harm even to those he truly loves. Bragg delivers a moving rumination on the lives of boys and men, a poignant reflection on what it means to be a father and a son.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400040407
140004040X
Branch Call Number: 976.1063 B73P 2008
Characteristics: x, 255 p. ; 24 cm

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jannylegs
Aug 01, 2016

I liked the parallels Rick Bragg makes between becoming a father to his wife's son and the short relationship he had with his own father who died at an age earlier than he was at the time of writing the book. His backtracking research to discover who the man was unlocks some mysteries about what is going on before his eyes with "the boy."

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 11, 2014

The third in Rick’s family stories, this one continues the saga of growing up in a Southern family with an alcoholic absent father. Rick has a beautiful way of projecting you into the South and describing his family. The characters are rich and colourful with lots of laughs and pathos.

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ownedbydoxies
Sep 13, 2011

An extremely talented writer, Rick Bragg's books are always a very good read. He has a way of describing places and people with such skill it makes you want to re-read portions in order to appreciate his writing style as much as possible. All his biographies are excellent and this one is no exception.

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