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Issue 38 - FunandfatalityarethemarkofSorrow

Whisky Magazine Issue 38
April 2004

 

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FunandfatalityarethemarkofSorrow

JeffersonChasetakesDrewBarrymore'sadvice(really!)andbuysacheapcopyofTimSandlin'sSorrowFloats

IboughtTimSandlin'sSorrowFloatsfrommylocalusedbookshopfortworeasons.IwasintriguedbytheideaofanapparentlysuccessfulnovelistfromWyoming,whopreviouslyworkedasanelkskinner,anicecreammanandadishwasherinaChineserestaurant.

ButmainlyIwasstruckbytheendorsementfromDrewBarrymoreonthebackcover.I'dnevertakenabookrecommendationfromachildstar
turneddrugaddictturnedCharlie'sAngelbefore,soIplunkeddownsixeurosonthecounter.Iheadedhomefearingtheworst.

WhatI'dpurchasedturnedouttobeafunny,vulgar,lightheartedandoriginalnovelaboutadrunken1970sroadtrip.Astheplotopens,theprotagonistMaureyPiercehasjustlostcustodyofherbabysonforforgettingtotakethechildseat–containingchild–offtheroofofhercarbeforedrivingawayfromabar.

Disgustedwithherself,shedecidestoreclaimherestrangeddaughter,whomsheboreattheageof14andwhonowlivesinNorthCarolina.

Sosheabscondswithtworecoveringalcoholicsonamissiontosmuggleatrailer-loadofCoorsBeertotheeastcoast.AmongMaurey'smanyproblemsisherinabilitytoovercomethedeathofherfather,whowaskilledwhenridingherfavouritehorse.

Thecrazyplotproducessomewonderfuldescriptionsofdrinkanddrinking.

IpouredmyselfacoffeecupfullofYukonJack.Cradlingthecupwithbothhands,Istaredintothelightmolasses-colouredliquid.WasthereaconnectionbetweenthisandDad?Closingmyeyes,Ibroughtthecuptomylipsandsmelledthefumes.Thesweetfiresweptaroundmytongueandunderitontothesalivaglands,thentothebackofmymouth,where,likeadvancinglava,itflowedintomybody.The
shouldermuscles,thejawtightfromclenchinginmysleep,thefist-sizerockinmy...

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