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Welcome to the Fallen Paradise [Hardcover]

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Welcome to the Fallen Paradise by Dayne Sherman

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Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2004
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage
ISBN  1931561737  
ISBN13  9781931561730  

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More About Dayne Sherman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dayne Sherman is a former high school dropout from Natalbany, Louisiana. In 1997 he earned a master's degree from Louisiana State University. His stories have been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologized in Stories from the Blue Moon Caf? III. Hard to Remember, Hard to Forget, a chapbook, was published by Over the Transom in 2004.

Dayne Sherman currently resides in the state of Louisiana.

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implausible, uninteresting  Jul 6, 2008
I read this book for school, and while I initially was into it, by the end I hated it. It feels thrown together and Cotton Moxley was like the bad guy in a B horror movie. The end where Jesse handcuffs himself to Cotton and the fight to the death was also ridiculous. As a class, we had the pleasure of Dayne Sherman's company and input on his reasons for and method behind writing this novel. Please do not pay full price for this book, you will be sorely disappointed! The worse part was, the University I attend and that he is employed by wouldn't even purchase this novel back.
A good story to speed read without remorse  Jan 31, 2007
This review is for the MacAdam/Cage hardcover edition, October 2004, 248 pages. WELCOME TO THE FALLEN PARADISE is Dayne Sherman's debut novel.

At age 18, Jesse Tadlock joined the army to escape the feuding violence of Baxter Parish, Louisiana. He left the love of his life, Penny Nesom behind, not even writing her a letter. Twelve years later Jesse's mama dies and leaves him sole beneficiary of a thirty-thousand dollar insurance policy. Jesse returns to Baxter and buys ten acres and a house in rural Mount Olive. Things are looking good for Jesse. Penny walks back into his life without one word of complaint for being dumped and forgotten for twelve years. Then, the morning after Jesse moves into the house, he is confronted by Cotton Moxley toting a rifle and accompanied by a massive pit bull. Cotton tells Jesse he has seventy-two hours to get off his land. The feud begins.

The story opens with a well crafted prologue set in 1975, two years before Jesse joins the army, when Jesse is helping his kin dig the grave for his cousin. These five, tightly written pages tell about Jesse's family, their mannerisms, the community where they live, its topography, economy, mores, religion and violence. The next twelve pages of good writing provide essential back story leading up to the narrative present, May 1989, when Jesse returns to Baxter Parish. Then the story flounders for the twenty-some pages. Jesse drives the interstate, watches his dog nap, takes a shower, drives to his aunt's home, and does other mundane things which, as described, he could be doing anywhere. Unlike the prologue, the narrator portrays Baxter County as if he were speeding down the highway while reading a roadmap.

Jesse is a young man who shuns violence but is forced to confront it. His character is well drawn. His Uncle Red comes off as the classical Red Neck, and Cotton Moxley is the larger-than-life despicable slime-ball living in filth. The other cookie-cutter characters are nondescript. Even Penny, the love of Jesse's life, is described only as tall with dark brown hair in a ponytail. Her personality is just as exciting.

The plot, once started, moves along at a nice pace, plausible and entertaining but not predictable beyond the certain demise of the fiend Cotton Moxley. Beyond the prologue the prose is unremarkable. Here's a good story to speed read without remorse.
Rings with authenticity  May 17, 2006
They call Louisiana the "sportsman's paradise," but in this case paradise is fallen. The grave-digging opener put me in mind of WISE BLOOD, and chapter after chapter Sherman delivered on that promise with plenty of corruption and ol' time religion. The novel rings with authenticity. Baxter Parish is a place where the fringes are mainstream. As wild as Moxley gets, and as extreme as the Tadlock response can be, I never once doubted the truth of it. Jesse Tadlock returns home with dreams of the garden, only to find a serpent bent on devouring him. The story may be simple, as an earlier review noted, but the emotions underneath are complex and stirring.
My Favorite Beach Read of the Summer  Aug 24, 2005
I devoured this book on Cocoa Beach on a single day in August. I don't know what scorched me more, the prose on my brain or the Florida sun on my forehead. If this book hasn't been optioned in Hollywood, some slick with a PRODUCER vanity plate has missed the gravy train. When is this kid's next novel due?
really good novel with sense of place and people  Jul 2, 2005
I liked this a lot, and think it was very well done. I have already told two writers I know about it. It held me all the way through.

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