Connie from our Bluesocks reading group brings us this entry:
Anyone who is a Rick Bragg fan will want to read this third installment of his family history. Simply put, his first book, “All over But the Shoutin’,” was a tribute to his mother. His second book, “Ava’s Man,” was about his mother’s father’s life. This book mostly deals with the author’s alcoholic father, Charles, the “Prince of Frogtown,” who was all but a footnote in his other books.
Bragg pieces together a portrait of his father from his childhood through his death from alcoholism and TB. He relates stories from family and friends that show a cycle of alcoholism with devastating effects on the author’s family. While researching his father’s story, Bragg becomes acclimated to fatherhood for the first time.
Alternating chapters let the reader glimpse Bragg’s developing relationship with the 10 year old son of the woman he has just married after 20 years of single life. The humor and insight in these sections was a welcome contrast to his father’s sad story. One of the things I enjoy most about Bragg’s books is his way of telling a tale. He is so descriptive that you can picture the setting and begin to feel as if you know these people. And in the chapters about his relationship with his own boy, I loved his self-deprecating humor, which made me just laugh. People who enjoy fiction with the setting and characters in the southern states may also like this book.
Check the WRL catalog for The Prince of Frogtown
The Prince of Frogtown in large print
The Prince of Frogtown on audio CD