Paris Trout (novel)

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Paris Trout
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Author Pete Dexter
CountryUnited States
Publisher Random House
Pages306 [1]

Paris Trout is a 1988 American novel written by Pete Dexter. [1] It was the winner of the National Book Award for Fiction. [2]


The novel was adapted into a film of the same name. [3]


In a small Georgia town in the 1950s, a bigoted store owner named Paris Trout kills a black man's younger sister and wounds his mother when a car deal between them goes wrong.

Critical reception

The Los Angeles Times called the novel "a masterpiece, complex and breath-taking." [4]

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  1. 1 2 Mason, Deborah (July 24, 1988). "UNEXAMINED LIVES IN COTTON POINT". The New York Times .
  2. "National Book Awards – 1988". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  3. O'Connor, John J. (April 19, 1991). "TV Weekend; The Evil That Can't Be Buried, in 'Paris Trout'". The New York Times .
  4. "A Perfect Right to Break the Law : PARIS TROUT: by Pete Dexter (Random House: $17.95; 304 pp.)". Los Angeles Times. July 24, 1988.