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Subtexts — Western weirdness: Joe R. Lansdale’s “The Thicket”

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Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 10:29 pm, Thu Dec 19, 2013.

Except for the part about Grandfather having been shot and Grandma having been killed years ago by a frightened cow, the first sentence of Joe R. Lansdale’s The Thicket (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company) pretty much divulges everything that ensues:

I didn’t suspect the day Grandfather came out and got me and my sister, Lula, and hauled us off toward the ferry that I’d soon end up with worse things happening than had already come upon us or that I’d take up with a gun-shooting dwarf, the son of a slave, and a big angry hog, let alone find true love and kill someone, but that’s exactly how it was.

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