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The Pugilist's Wife

David Armand

Publication Year: 2011

The Pugilist's Wife tells the story of Magdalene Tucker, a jilted woman who takes in a drifter during one of Sun, Louisiana's worst recorded droughts. When the townspeople find out about this, they decide to lead a sort of crusade to Magdalene's farm in order to put an end to Magdalene's and this man's sins, thinking them the sole cause of the town's plight. But no one can predict that this convergence upon Magdalene's land will turn violent, resulting in a brutal and bloody climax, where chance and coincidence take a back seat to love, honor, revenge, and pride.

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-8

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August 27 1987

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pp. 1-16

A band of clouds rolls in overhead like horses thundering but brings with it no rain. It’s summer. And the hot August air wraps itself around the woods and town that is surrounded by them like a damp wool blanket. It hangs between trees and around cars and...

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December 21 1987

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pp. 17-21

Let me tell you about Joe Wallace. He come up here one day lookin for work. I told him he was gonna have to wait till Mr Bivens, my husband, got back, bein I dont make them decisions. Mr Bivens wouldnt be back till late the next day anyway, I tole...

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August 28 1987

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pp. 23-31

She doesnt want to get up, feels she cant get up now, knowing that he’s in there somewhere, sleeping or maybe even awake already, before her. They’d been up most of the night, talking, her and Joe, so it’s possible he is still asleep. She’d fixed him a pallet...

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September 1 1987

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pp. 33-39

A whore. And here I am mixing up with her and done left my wife for her and moved to this city with all its trash and all its sad and crazy people for her. This whore who I know would stab me through the back in a second before I could even turn around to...

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December 21 1987

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pp. 41-45

My back been givin me trouble ever since I had Darryl—you know the one we calls Outlaw. It was one of them breech births, when the baby come out all sideways or backways and enough to damn near tear your insides out or tear you in half if nothin else....

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September 2 1987

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pp. 47-52

Death hangs in the air now and Magdalene can almost feel its nonpulse as it settles down on her horse, who she cannot feed nor water nor comfort now. Joe watches this too but Magdalene knows he is as helpless to stop this as she...

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July 17 1975

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pp. 53-62

Doyle rolled over. He looked up. Travis was already dressed, hair slicked back black and shining, cigarettes rolled up into the sleeve of his small white T-shirt. He was gnawing on a toothpick, damp little splinters of wood floating down like dandruff onto...

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December 21 1987

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pp. 63-67

Truth is we dont know if Joe Wallace really done it or not. The murder I’m talkin about. We just assumed he did, since all the facts seemed to add up against him. Joe Wallace was one of these drifter types. Cept he didnt really drift nowheres but here around...

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September 2 1987

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pp. 69-79

It’s raining in New Orleans now. But not hard. The steam rises from the streets and there’s a thin veil-like mist over everything, and the people walk faster, their clothes damp, hair dripping. Sweat and rain. It’s quiet and the sun hangs high in the sky as...

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September 3 1987

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pp. 81-90

He had hitched. Tuck was riding back home to his wife and his land and he had planned to make things right and to be good to her and not think about that whore who was still somewhere in New Orleans probably screwing somebody else by now. He didnt...

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December 21 1987

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pp. 91-94

What we had all heard about Miss Tucker was that she aint had no family of her own cept for some mean daddy who used to hit her all the time and then dropped dead all of a sudden. She was a few years youngern Tuck. And she just come down here from...

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September 3 1987

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pp. 95-123

I walked into this river to be saved when I was twelve years old. The water was ambercolored and cool on my legs and chest. I was going to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. But this is what happened instead:...

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December 21 1987

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pp. 125-130

That day we done all got together at Big Hammock and met up with Pastor Varner and walked down Highway 16 until we got to the little gravel road that led to Miss Tucker’s place where she was shackin up with that Wallace boy was one I’ll never forget....

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September 3 1987

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pp. 131-134

As Tuck walked down Highway 16 toward home, the sky began to darken. Clouds rolled in and the tops of the trees were fanning the graying horizon like black and wiry paintbrushes irritating the sky with each gritty stroke. Tuck approached his...

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December 21 1987

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pp. 135-138

We could see him coming from behind the truck. I squeezed my husband’s hand. He saw too. This son of God was coming to save Pastor Varner and likely all of us and we knew who he was too. It was Tuck Tucker, as if he’d done been brought back...

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September 3 1987

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pp. 139-148

Joe Wallace on the tractor hears a gunshot now. It sounds close by, close enough for concern. He slows down, raises the Bushhog. Then the rain comes. Just like that. Suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere. He kills the engine. He walks across the yard through...

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December 21 1987

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pp. 149-153

I knew it spelt trouble soon as we seen Tuck coming up to us with that gun and especially after he shot that boy who was fixin to shoot Pastor Varner. And then when it started rainin, I figured we was in for it soon enough. It just come out of nowhere. And...

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September 3 1987

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pp. 155-167

Magdalene is watching all of this from where she sits on the steaming tractor, but she cannot hear what her husband and Joe are saying. She sees Joe place his rifle on the ground. After a minute, she sees Joe bend down to pick it back up and she canno...

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December 25 1987

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pp. 169-172

Me and some of the men from the church group had gone down to the bridge just outside of town after we put Travis’s body in the truck. They wanted to see the man that Travis had killed earlier that day. Some of them seemed ready to cry when they saw...

About the Author

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pp. 174-184


E-ISBN-13: 9781933896915
E-ISBN-10: 1933896914
Print-ISBN-13: 9781933896670

Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1

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  • Man-woman relationships -- Louisiana -- Fiction.
  • Louisiana -- Fiction.
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