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V for Victor [Kindle Edition]

Mark Childress

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Alabama, 1942. The war is everywhere, but Victor - a 16-year-old boy sent by his father to care for his dying grandmother on a lonely island in Mobile Bay - can only dream of it. Then he wakes one amazing night to a thunderous roar from the Bay...and sees the ominous shadow of an enemy submarine surfacing at night. "Fantastic, extravagant...thoroughly charming." -Boston Globe.

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About the Author

Mark Childress is the author of seven novels: GEORGIA BOTTOMS (Little, Brown and Co., 2011), ONE MISSISSIPPI, GONE FOR GOOD, CRAZY IN ALABAMA, TENDER, V FOR VICTOR, and A WORLD MADE OF FIRE. Born in Monroeville, Alabama - the town Harper Lee immortalized in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Childress is one of three sons of Roy and Mary Helen Childress. Roy was a salesman for Ralston Purina, so the family moved a lot growing up: Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, and Louisiana were some of the stops along the way. Childress attended Clinton (Miss.) High School and the University of Alabama, where he studied fiction writing under Barry Hannah and Carole Johnson. He worked as a staff writer for the Birmingham (Ala.) News, and was Features Editor of Southern Living magazine and National Editor of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution before becoming a full-time novelist. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times of London, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday Review, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Travel and Leisure, and other national and international publications. "Tender," a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection, was named to several Ten Best of 1990 lists, and appeared on many national bestseller lists. "Crazy in Alabama," a featured selection of the Literary Guild, has been published in eleven languages and appeared on many bestseller lists and Ten Best of 1993 lists. "Crazy" was named The (London) Spectator's "Book of the Year" for 1993 and a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year," and was on the Spiegel bestseller list in Germany for 10 months. "One Mississippi" was a BookSense Notable Book of the Year, nominated for SIBA Book of the Year,and appeared on the "hot summer book" lists of Good Morning America, People, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, O: the Oprah Magazine, and the New York Public Library. Childress has also written three picture books for children, "Joshua and Bigtooth," in 1992, "Joshua and the Big Bad Blue Crabs," 1996 (both from Little, Brown), and "Henry Bobbity Is Missing And It Is All Billy Bobbity's Fault," (Crane Hill Publishers, 1996). He wrote the screenplay of the Columbia Pictures film "Crazy in Alabama," directed by Antonio Banderas, and starring Melanie Griffith, an official selection of the Venice and San Sebastian film festivals in 1999. Childress is now working on his eighth novel and a film project. He lives in Key West, Florida.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Overture Press; First electronic edition edition (23 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #670,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Childress and Good Book 20 Mar. 2013
By Betty W. Swift - Published on
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They go hand in hand! Perhaps I am just so in love with southern authors that I can't see anything boring about Mark Childress. I would give anything to have a conversation with him.
4.0 out of 5 stars Double coming of Age 22 Oct. 2014
By W. J. TAYLOR - Published on
Certainly a fast-moving and action-filled coming-of-age novel. The young protagonist, Victor, has several tasks: watch over his dying grandmother, solve a World War II Nazi plot, and learn about his family and friends. Victor succeeds as admirably as a sixteen-year-old boy stuck with these monumental tasks can. The appearance of Butch as a sort of doppelganger adds a good deal in tension to the plot. Butch also resonates well with Victor’s character. This is a fast, enjoyable read, and the flaws of coincidence are in the main forgivable. The novel catches the 40’s war era quite well. It also portrays the split between classes quite well. And, the reader gets a double coming-of-age novel, in the sense that bad boy Butch also does some growing up.
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced, but good 10 Sept. 2013
By Jacki Lee - Published on
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I have previously loved the works of Mark Childress but this one fell flat. It felt slow and waterlogged (literally). I don't know if it was the pace, subject matter, or actor his signature southern fiction style but this was my least favored Childress novel.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 4 May 2013
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Not in the same class as other books by this author. It was a good read and I am glad I took the time. It was entertaining but not humorous like I expected.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a fantastic read! 18 Aug. 2014
By Anita Libby - Published on
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This is a delightful look at the life of a teenage boy in Southern Alabama during WWII. The descriptive narrative is most imaginative.
Being from the same area, I have heard many stories about German vessels discovered in our waters during the war. Childress makes the language pop on each page. It's a fantastic read!
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