The Big Thicket

This book is a harrowing coming-of-age tale spiced with murder, incest, and deep-woods magic. From the surprising and beautifully crafted violence of the opening sequence to the inevitable and yet unexpected ending, The Big Thicket is a savory dish indeed—and a great read.     â€”Andrew Geyer, novelist, author of Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin

Bruce Jefferson read The Big Ticket in manuscript form, then went to East Texas to find images that still matched scenes from the 1870s as described in the book. Below are some of the images he found.

 Roaches came in through the barred window from the outside as well as through the window to the cell door. I killed them with the heel of my hand, smashing them and stepping on those that made it to the floor. Killing roaches was the only exercise possible in the tiny cell, hot all the time and thick with fly swarms during the day and mosquitoes at night to set the air abuzz.


Later that Sunday morning we walked the dirt street to our little church with its bell tower and tower windows. I had helped the Major put slats over those windows to keep birds out yet still be open enough to fill the town with the brass ringing of the huge bell.

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Cypress knees stuck out of the shallow water like so many giant thorns.










The front of our house looked like a three-poster you might expect to find in the deep South on a cotton plantation but maybe not in the deep East Texas piney woods.


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