In small Ozark towns like West Table, Missouri, what you are is where you're born and in Venus Holler, what you are isn't very much. For Bev Merridew who can turn a trick as easily as roll a joint, life in Venus Holler is tolerable. For her 19 year old and angry daughter, Jamalee, with her tomato red hair has plans and they don't include Venus Holler or Bev. They depend on her gorgeous Brother Jason who might just be the county Queer. In the hills and hollows of the Ozarks that is about the most dangerous and also the most courageous thing a man could be.
Daniel Woodrell—Tomato Red