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by Doug Worgul


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It reminds me of the best things in life. And Doug Worgul has done what all great writers strive to do: make you crave for more.

It reminds me of the best things in life. Rajiv Joseph, playwright, Gruesome Playground Injuries. sort of Buechnarian tragedy, comedy, and fairy tale that laces this novel.

Thin Blue Smoke book. Warning: If you’re a fan of barbecue, do not read Doug Worgul’s Thin Blue Smoke on an empty stomach! You will feel intense cravings that may only be satisfied by a trip to your local barbecue establishment. Perhaps twice, depending upon how long it takes you to read the book. Hunger pangs aside, I thoroughly enjoyed Worgul’s book.

Doug Worgul’s Thin Blue Smoke is a poignant story that unfolds in and around a tiny barbecue joint on the backstreets of Kansas City

Doug Worgul’s Thin Blue Smoke is a poignant story that unfolds in and around a tiny barbecue joint on the backstreets of Kansas City. With bold and twisted characters like those of Flannery O’Connor or Frederick Buechner, Worgul weaves a rich and redemptive story that captures the spirit of its gritty, urban setting as well as any American novel that is deeply rooted in a place. In our world of increasing isolation and infidelity, Thin Blue Smoke stirs our imaginations with the hope of what is possible through deep and tenacious friendships.

Thin Blue Smoke is an epic redemption tale, the story of two men coming to terms with their pasts. Heartrending and bitterly funny, it marks the arrival of a vital new voice in American fiction.

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Described as "a vital new voice in American fiction," Kansas City resident Doug Worgul presents his novel Thin Blue Smoke, a tale of redemption that focuses on love and loss, hope and despair, God and whiskey, barbeque and the blues

Described as "a vital new voice in American fiction," Kansas City resident Doug Worgul presents his novel Thin Blue Smoke, a tale of redemption that focuses on love and loss, hope and despair, God and whiskey, barbeque and the blues. This event took place on August 11, 2010, at the Central Library. External metadata update. Books by Doug Worgul.

Thin Blue Smoke is an epic American redemption tale. It is a story of love and loss, hope and despair, God and whiskey, barbecue and the blues.

LaVerne Williams is a ruined ex-big league ballplayer and ex-felon with an attitude problem and a barbecue joint to run. Ferguson Glen is an Episcopal priest and fading literary star with a drinking problem and past he?s running from. Clayton and Sammy Merzeti are two lost souls in need of love, understanding and another cigarette. Thin Blue Smoke is an epic American redemption tale. It is a story of love and loss, hope and despair, God and whiskey, barbecue and the blues

A story of love and loss, hope and despair, God and whiskey, barbecue and the blues, this book marks the emergence of a vital new voice in American fiction

Comments: (7)

Mohn
It took me forever to read this book -- I'd read a section, move on to a different book, and then ... the characters would call to me. I couldn't stand not knowing what was happening to them! I came back, read another section, learned some more about their pasts and their connections, but then would be seduced away by a different novel. Whenever I left the book, I couldn't stop thinking about these people, wondering what made them tick, what they were going to do next, how they'd all found each other. In the fullness of the narrative, all was answered, leaving me with a sense of satisfaction, and a feeling of richness. The generosity of the author and the ultimate nobility of his characters will stay with me. I don't want to give away the plot -- it is rambling and complicated, but ultimately all comes together in a most satisfying way. Start this book, read it slowly, and let it work its magic on you.
Paster
A family member had mentioned a book Thin Blue Smoke by Doug Worgul a while back and I put it on my kindle. Over the next couple months it was sort of my "backup book." I normally start and finish books in a day or two, but this one just didn't read that way for me. It was more like if Garrison Keeler was telling Lake Woebegone stories, only they were focused on the lives of people who worked and frequented a small barbecue restaurant in Kansas City. I loved the stories, and, just like Pastor Inkfest, I actually enjoyed checking in with them periodically to see what was new in their lives, but I didn't want to spend my whole day with them.

The characters came from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and Worgul did a great job of building deep portraits, little by little, over the course of several dozen vignettes -- often with deep flashbacks, sometimes related as stories being told to another character, and sometimes in the voice of an omniscient narrator, but each detail held back until such a time that when they were revealed the behavior of that character suddenly took on a new and deeper meaning.

Perhaps it was because I've listened to blues and eaten barbecue in St. Louis and Memphis, or maybe because I related to the character of the seminarian writer, but by the end I really found myself caring about what was happening to these small town barbecue aficionados and their friends and families. I would NEVER have picked the book myself, but I'm so glad I read it.
Ice_One_Guys
This book is kind of like a meandering river; winding its way along, so slowly sometimes you feel like it's not moving, and then you hit a section of rapids that delivers you to the next serene pool. But you never want to get out of your canoe. And the ending is like when you finally have to go, looking ahead at the stretches you'll never experience.

It is certainly not like the novels I usually read. I wondered if it was actually leading anywhere from time to time. But it serves up richly drawn characters that are easy to sympathize with, and paints a picture of religion in all of its glory and awfulness. I particularly loved the character Ferguson Glen - a priest and a writer whose first book he'd never been able to live up to again, overly fond of whisky, yet honoring his faith in ways that are brave and inspiring.

Thin Blue Smoke is definitely worth the read, and you won't be able to resist a BBQ meal when it's done.
Use_Death
I have to admit, I know the author's sister quite well and she recommended that I buy her brother's book. Initially I was a little reluctant because what if she asked me what I thought and (a) I didn't like it or (b) it wasn't very good?

It turns out my fears were groundless - Doug Worgul is a masterful writer, with echoes of Salinger or a male version of Maeve Binchy.

Thin Blue Smoke is a tale of redemption, the tale of people coming to terms with their past. LaVerne is the owner of Kansas City's best BBQ joint. He is also an ex-con, and a former ball player. Glen is a priest facing some struggles. They meet in LaVerne's BBQ joint and along the way come across some wonderful characters. As you follow the threads of their lives you see how they intersect and are all connected.

I read this book several months ago and it is a testament to Worgul's strong writing that I still remember the characters. I read so much and so many books it is easy to forget sometimes - not this one.
Bu
I am going to guess that, like LaVerne, the author dosn't want people effusively fawning over his book. But I read a lot of fiction (on average, 40 novels a year) and Thin Blue Smoke is not just good, but it is great!

The depth of development of the characters matches Backman's A Man Calked Ove (and that’s a high standard). The intertwining of the stories, both of each of the characters and between the past and present, and the slow reveal of some of the major story lines engaged me on an emotional level—sometimes sad, sometimes humorous, and always wanting to know more.

The idea that smoke, salt, and vinegar can both destroy and yet purify, and indeed beautify, as exemplified by the dual religious and BBQ evocations of "thin blue smoke" was quite masterful and meaningful because neither was used to hit you over the head, but rather allow you to unpack their meaning.

It is one of those books where I know I won’t be able to read anything for another week or so, now, as I wait to get the characters out of my head and divest of my emotions that I wrapped into the story. This is truly one of the best, undiscovered books out there today.
Thin Blue Smoke download epub
British & Irish
Author: Doug Worgul
ISBN: 0230743382
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: British & Irish
Language: English
Publisher: Pan Macmillan; 1st Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
Pages: 304 pages