Part romance, part adventure yarn, part horror story, a novel about a boy and his friend growing up in a mythical Southern town draws on the most fantastic elements in the tradition of the Southern novel.
Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1994.
“If Faulkner had tried his hand at science fiction, the result might have sounded much like this energetic first novel. The unlikely futuristic setting is backwoods Alabama at a time when the country is ravaged and ruled by fundamentalist Christian soldiers. Red-haired, rambunctious Buddy, a 14-year-old orphan, narrates this story of his life while hiding out in an ancient Indian burial mound on the outskirts of the town of Goshen. Costumed as a creature he calls Sack, Buddy terrorizes the countryside as the ‘Wild Thang,’ hoping that his mythological monster will undermine the Christian tyranny.” – Publishers Weekly