Brent Spencer

Books by Brent Spencer for the Backwaters Press

Rattlesnake DaddyBrent Spencer's Rattle Snake Daddy

Author: Brent Spencer
Format: Paperback, 240 pages
ISBN: 978-1935218180
Published: March, 2011

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Spencer Reads from Rattlesnake Daddy

Seriously, watch this video on YouTube of Spencer reading from Rattlesnake Daddy.

Praise for Rattlesnake Daddy

“Powerful and moving. Spencer writes like a bruised angel.”–Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World and Writing the Sacred Into the Real

“Brent Spencer’s Rattlesnake Daddy paints a wonderfully vivid portrait of a chaotic, colorful, venomous man who was the author’s absent father.  Spencer turns his father’s nomadic life and puzzling death in the Florida Keys into a true-life mystery story, rendered with quiet clarity, deep compassion, and a pitch-perfect voice.  Spencer’s writing is truly exquisite.”–Dinty Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire and The Accidental Buddhist
“‘A father is the mystery his son never solves,’ Spencer writes.  But in this haunted and haunting memoir/detective story, he comes as close as he can without actually crawling into his father’s rattlesnake skin.”–Robin Hemley, author of Do-Over! and Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness

“Rattlesnake Daddy is the compelling story of a son’s chase, a journey into secrets and mysteries and the venom of the past, present, and future. It is also an attempt at intimacy and understanding. Populated with a cast of remarkable characters and a sequence of stunning scenes, Rattlesnake Daddy is unforgettable for its clear-sighted contemplation of the sins of the father, and in their wake, the complicated yearnings of the son.”–Lee Martin, author of From Our House and The Bright Forever

“Rattlesnake Daddy is amazing.  Alternately horrifying, funny, analytical, and heart-wrenching, it skillfully and affectingly tells a father-son story like none I’ve ever encountered: of a cruel and menacing psychopath who managed to seem not just sane but admirable, and of a son who overcame endless varieties of torture to write this stunning memoir of good riddance.  Out of what Brent Spencer calls his father’s “catalogue of mysteries,” he has crafted a literary form of exorcism that is nothing less than a masterpiece.”–Ron Hansen, author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Exiles

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