The Tilted World

The Tilted World

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Set against the backdrop of the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love, from Tom Franklin, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and award-winning poet Beth Ann Fennelly

The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson. Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who'd been on the trail of a local bootlegger, they are astonished to find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene.

Ingersoll, an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the infant a home, and his search leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver. A strong woman married too young to a philandering charmer, Dixie Clay has lost a child to illness and is powerless to resist this second chance at motherhood. From the moment they meet, Ingersoll and Dixie Clay are drawn to each other. He has no idea that she's the best bootlegger in the county and may be connected to the agents' disappearance. And while he seems kind and gentle, Dixie Clay knows full well that he is an enemy who can never be trusted.

When Ingersoll learns that a saboteur might be among them, planning a catastrophe along the river that would wreak havoc in Hobnob, he knows that he and Dixie Clay will face challenges and choices that they will be fortunate to survive. Written with extraordinary insight and tenderness, The Tilted World is that rarest of creations, a story of seemingly ordinary people who find hope and deliverance where they least expect it--in each other.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062069184
Characteristics: x, 303 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fennelly, Beth Ann 1971-


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Nov 27, 2018

A lovely nostalgia "Roaring 20's - Prohibition" period piece complete with treasury agents and bootleggers. Some beautifully poetic descriptive writing. However it basically boils down to a nice love story. (I'm not sure how historically accurate the comments are in the prologue about the impact the flood had on future events. For example, while the flood no doubt contributed to The Great Migration of African Americans to Chicago, I do not think it was the root cause of it.)

Jul 13, 2017

Historical fiction set during the great flood of the Mississippi River in 1927. I liked the main story of the revenue agents looking for Bootleggers and the bond between Ingersol, Dixie Clay and the orphan baby. Lots of description of the town experiencing unending rain and rising rivers. The numerous flashbacks into their earlier lives were a bit too long and slowed the pace down. Interesting story - just wasn't a fan of how it was put together.

Jul 30, 2014

First time with this author & enjoyed the dialog, history & flow of his writing. Have not liked Crooked Letter. Very few stories of the South interest or satisfy me.

Jul 18, 2014

Captivating, couldn't put it down

SpringAltman Jul 17, 2014

As the south struggles with the catastrophic flooding of the Mississippi River in 1927, a bootleggers lonely wife and a federal agent find each other and an orphaned baby

Nov 17, 2013

This was a well-written historical romance novel with just enough action to appeal to men also. It's readable and the story pulls you in, and it has strong likable characters. Main drawback: Too many coincidences. Of COURSE Ingersoll just happens to rescue Willy-the-baby/gives him to Dixie Clay/then ends up being in the right place at the right time to rescue them at the novel's end. The flood angle reminds me of In Sunlight In a Beautiful Garden.

Sep 25, 2013

This was a solid story that I enjoyed reading. In particular, the flood scene was really well done. I could picture the whole thing happening as if I were watching a movie. There were a few small spots where I thought the story was a bit rushed or underdeveloped but overall it was a good book.


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