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Memphis Ribs

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Memphis Ribs

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Gerald Duff
genre:
Fiction,

We gave it a B

Gerald Duff’s 1995 novel, That’s All Right, Mama: The Unauthorized Life of Elvis’s Twin, captured the character of the Presley family in a way no journalist has. In Memphis Ribs, Duff slow roasts a tangy tale of murder, gang warfare, crack cocaine, and even — this is the South, remember — barbecue. Too many of the characters are cartoonish, and not even a bluetick hound could track this meandering plot to its finale. But Duff charms with his unerring ear for dialect, and his artful filleting of the Delta social order makes Memphis Ribs a cut above most down-home fare. B