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Biloxi (Hardcover)

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Since Biloxi, Mississippi is my family home I naturally had to read this.

Louis McDonald Jr. wanders through life very much as he wanders the streets of Biloxi. His wife has left him. He has quit his job (retired?) in anticipation of an inheritance from his father. His ex-brother-in-law feeds him with left overs from restaurants. He drinks a lot of beer and cruises around--an age-old Coast passtime.

Seeing a sign for “Free Dogs” he impulsively stops and adopts Layla, overweight and prone to gagging, and begins living the life of a dog owner.

Louis stumbles toward being a better man, and his evolution is funny and unpredictable. I loved the author’s style, and actually have a couple of childhood friends from Biloxi who eerily resemble Louis.

— Anne


Louis has been forlorn since his wife of thirty-seven years left him, his father passed, and he impulsively retired from his job in anticipation of an inheritance check that may not come. These days he watches reality television and tries to avoid his ex-wife and daughter, benefiting from the charity of his former brother-in-law, Frank, who religiously brings over his Chili's leftovers and always stays for a beer.

Yet the past is no predictor of Louis's future. On a routine trip to Walgreens to pick up his diabetes medication, he stops at a sign advertising free dogs and meets Harry Davidson, a man who claims to have more than a dozen canines on offer, but offers only one: an overweight mixed breed named Layla. Without any rational explanation, Louis feels compelled to take the dog home, and the two become inseparable. Louis, more than anyone, is dumbfounded to find himself in love--bursting into song with improvised jingles, exploring new locales, and reevaluating what he once considered the fixed horizons of his life.

With her "sociologist's eye for the mundane and revealing" (Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books), Miller populates the Gulf Coast with Ann Beattie-like characters. A strangely heartwarming tale of loneliness, masculinity, and the limitations of each, Biloxi confirms Miller's position as one of our most gifted and perceptive writers.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781631492167
ISBN-10: 1631492160
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: May 21st, 2019
Pages: 224
Language: English