“The Bequest of Big Daddy,” by Jo-Ann Costa

Reviewed by Andy Johnson “As I understand it, Big Daddy was born that way, unable to help himself when he acted ugly and equally unable to recognize right from wrong.” The opening line of The Bequest of Big Daddy exalts Horatio Janson, a.k.a. Ratio, a.k.a. Gage Johnson, a.k.a. Big Daddy, as the troubled but ultimately […]

June Read of the Month: “Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale,” by Lynda Rutledge

Review by Andy Johnson. Amy Einhorn Books /G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin). Hardcover. 289 pages. $25.95 In this, Lynda Rutledge’s first novel, God commands ailing Texas widow Faith Bass Darling to sell her Louis XV Elephant Clock, an heirloom wedding ring, a banker’s rolltop desk, a rare Dance Dragoon pistol, 44 signed Tiffany lamps, a portrait […]