Today I finished reading Larry Brown’s last book, A Miracle of Catfish.
Larry Brown was an excruciatingly good writer
who created characters you wouldn’t typically find in children’s literature.
They’re often selfish
murdering and pathetic.
But also kind-hearted and funny.
Larry Brown wrote for adults but whenever I read his work,
I have this burning desire to be a better writer for children.
More like him.
Minus the occasional slaughter of various animals
and gruesome factory mishaps.
Larry Brown wasn’t afraid to shine a light into humanity’s dark spaces.
And he was one helluva storyteller.
Thank you again, Doug, for making the introduction.