The Tilted World (Paperback)

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Prohibition, bootlegging, murder, and an orphaned baby figure prominently in this story of Hobnob, Mississippi, 1927. Federal agent Ingersoll delivers an orphaned baby to Dixie Clay and is charmed by the young woman. Little does he realize he's falling in love with a bootlegger and a married one, at that. As a great flood looms, saboteurs are dynamiting the levees, saving New Orleans but leaving Hobnob under water. The boundless power of raging water escalates, and everyone struggles to survive in this amazing story of the courage and grit of the complex, color characters in desperate times!

— From Jane

Set during the epic 1927 flood of the Mississippi, The Tilted World is a fevered, swirling story that propels the reader, threatening much as the river threatens the landscape. Once again as he did in Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Franklin has created vivid, unforgettable characters in the bootlegger and his wife and the revenuers closing in on them. In The Tilted World the river is, in many ways, the major character, always threatening the lives of the other characters. This is a book that you will want to read in a single sitting.

— From Michael

October 2013 Indie Next List

“In a compelling, poetic, and detailed manner, Franklin and Fennelly bring to life a little-known catastrophe in American history. The Tilted World weaves together the stories of two endearing characters -- an orphan who grows up to be a decorated World War I hero turned Prohibition revenuer and a bootlegging firecracker of a woman who yearns for her lost child. Add the setting of a town on the brink of destruction by deluge and some unsavory characters looking to profit from calamity, and the reader will be swept away by their story.”
— Sara Peyton, CoffeeTree Books, Morehead, KY


In 1927, as rains swell the Mississippi, the river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, where federal agents Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson arrive to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents--and find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene.

Ingersoll finds a home for the infant with local woman Dixie Clay Holliver, unaware that she's the best bootlegger in the county and has many tender and consequential secrets of her own.

The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062069191
ISBN-10: 0062069195
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: June 10th, 2014
Pages: 303
Language: English