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Minnow is an otherworldly story of a small boy who leaves his dying father's bedside hunting a medicine for a mysterious illness. Sent by his mother to a local druggist in their coastal town, Minnow unexpectedly takes a dark and wondrous journey deep into the ancient Sea Islands, seeking the grave dust of a long-dead hoodoo man to buy him a cure.
Publisher's Weekly Review
A young boy's simple errand is transformed into a magical odyssey in McTeer's spellbinding debut. Minnow volunteers to go into a backwater South Carolina river town near his family's Lowcountry home to get much-needed medicine for his father. But the pharmacist doesn't have what he needs and sends Minnow to a witch doctor who, in turn, sends the young boy on a life-changing journey in which he encounters forbidden woods, fierce animals, and strangers both helpful and frightening-not to mention an otherworldly encounter with a tribe that he's told is predestined. McTeer, whose story is inspired by his grandfather, a sheriff of the Lowcountry and a local witch doctor, creates a world totally different from anything Minnow has known, but his innocence and forthrightness protect him like a talisman. This is a memorable coming-of-age story brimming with unexpected encounters with man, beast, and nature, and some magic thrown in for good measure. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
In this 2014 South Carolina First Novel Prize winner, the title character's father is dying, and with money the family can hardly spare, young Minnow sets out to buy medicine from a local pharmacist. When he's turned away by the pharmacist and sent to a local hoodoo healer, Dr. Crow, -Minnow launches a quest that will take him deep into the mysterious South Carolina low country-the sea islands. Dr. Crow will not help Minnow until he delivers soil from the grave of Sorry George, an infamous practitioner of black magic. Minnow faces great adversity as he searches for the grave, including three terrible events that he is told to look for and face straight on, as indeed he does. With no resources but youth and determination and only a ragged dog for company, Minnow journeys forward, unknowingly traveling farther out onto the islands when a powerful storm comes in from the sea. VERDICT Readers will sink into this novel like sinking into South Carolina pluff mud, feeling the tension like oppressive humidity, and wondering what obstacle the protagonist will face next and what sacrifices he will endure for his family. A compellingly dark debut full of Southern mystery and lore.-Shaunna E. Hunter, Hampden-Sydney Coll. Lib., VA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.