Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: redneck noir

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 23 Mar 2006

Brad Smith's "All Hat" would fit into this category.

It's set amidst the horse-racing community in Southern Ontario. Much of that community would consider itself county, and some would fashion themselves rednecks but they are entirely city dependent, most of them living within an hour's drive of the cities where the big tracks are located. It's funny, reading them as they drive around the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) in their pick-ups, skirting the more densely populated centres to get into the tracks, race, and get back out again, choosing the routes and pit-stops that most allow them to maintain their rural illusions.

Of course they get up to the same power games and corruptions found within the cities, but they do it with that charming, gosh-darn twang. Smith's a talented writer, peeling back the dark layers of human striving with dead-on humour.

Best, Kerry

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