Southern Gothic steeped with Midwestern sensibility stirs the waters of the Tippecanoe River that embraces the town of Horseshoe and its inhabitants. A novel-in-stories, Horseshoe intertwines revenge, regret, murder, adultery, and insanity through the lives of the outwardly ordinary citizenry.read more
Divorcee and Grandmother Pam Scott pronounces judgment on a philandering butcher at one of the two grocery stores in town and then returns home to where each night she faces what is either a figment of her imagination or an increasingly terrifying knocker. The janitor at the high school, Tom... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Divorcee and Grandmother Pam Scott pronounces judgment on a philandering butcher at one of the two grocery stores in town and then returns home to where each night she faces what is either a figment of her imagination or an increasingly terrifying knocker. The janitor at the high school, Tom Boardman, tries to help Pam keep her knocker at bay, but not before he prepares a church service meant to heal his terminally-ill daughter Angel. Boardman’s son-in-law, Lance Hulbert , saves the day for the local funeral director Russ when he helps return Bob King’s casketed body up a slick and grassy slope so that it can be deposited into its final resting place. One of the pallbearers, Coach Hooper, is so moved by the events of the funeral that he goes off and proposes to his girl Erica, who back in high school was wronged by Bob King’s son at a party hosted by a guy named Matthew Walker. Bob’s son David finally offers an apology twenty years in the making to Erica when he runs into her at a Hooper coached Horseshoe basketball game. Walker and his wife Holly, by the way, are cheating on one another. Holly with a police officer named Don Dillman and Matthew with his high school sweetheart, Tonya York. After Erica challenges her husband Hooper to confront Tonya York at the party regarding her alleged adultery a confrontation ensues. While violence erupts on the York back deck, down in the basement their daughter Allison sneaks out of the house. Riding on the back of a three wheeler, Allison and her friends make a startling discovery regarding Pam Scott’s knocker, this right before tragedy strikes.
“Pam Scott woke in her canopy bed vaguely aware of the sound of light knocking on her front door.”
“Just as the real-life Peyton Manning farts around at the line of scrimmage with a bunch of hand signals, Todd does this in the grocery aisle, his hands flicking this way and that, and I laugh as he points to the latex glove section as if it were a potentially blitzing cornerback.”
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