Chester Stubbs BOOK review

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Chester Stubbs BOOK review
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Mar 1, 2001, 21:06

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CHESTER STUBBS by Craig Miles Miller; Dennis Macmillan Publishing, 2001

At a hulking 270 lbs., Chester Stubbs has enough piss and vinegar to last a lifetime—or at least enough to cut one prematurely short. Divorced, consistently drunk, and sporadically employed, Chester is one of the more peculiar fictional protagonists to come around of late. Miller more than establishes Stubb's free fall in the first one hundred pages or so, and at this point I realized that it was in perfect correlation with his intention—to present a flesh and blood human, wounds exposed and flaws intact. So Chester struggles, and the few friends he has are pretty worried. Chester does sober up long enough to befriend his neighbor, octogenarian Cecilia Macguffin, who is on a daily quest to chop down her Pecan tree. Miller presents their relationship skillfully, as well as the environs of Pensacola, Florida, which he dubs “the redneck Riviera.” By the end, the modest plot strings are tied up. This ground has been covered before, Harry Crews being a strong antecedent to Miller. Nevertheless, Chester Stubbs does succeed in its own way, and Miller's story is convincing.

-Wade Iverson

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