I don't normally write "fan" letters, but I've had so many imaginary conversations with you that I figured it was time to get real -- what an amazing book this is -- beautiful, tragic, timely, timeless -- one of the great books of the 20th and 21st centuries. In fact, I cannot get enough of your books. My preferred "reading" method is by audiobook -- that's how I was introduced to your writing, and in my opinion, like the great epics, your books are so incantatory that the oral experience is almost a necessary component. Will Patton is an inspired reader, and he treats the long, powerful descriptive passages with great respect -- they have a rhythm that is mesmerizing. But I also love the reading of "Jolie Blon's Bounce," which in my opinion is perhaps your most powerful book. The battle between good and evil, the biblical allusions (and the allusions to mythology in all your books! amazing!), give this book a quality rare in "popular" literature. But, also in my opinion, "The Tin Roof Blowdown" should be required reading for all citizens, all voters, and all candidates. A dose of reality might lead to a modicum of humanity in today's world.
Anyway, that's what I've been wanting to say ever since I first heard this book. Thank you for your beautiful and courageous writing.