This delightful collection of short stories from acclaimed writer Susan Gabriel (The Secret Sense of Wildflower, a Best Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews), is rich in humor, as well as mystery and meaning.
Whether white or black, living or dead, down home country or upscale urban, Gabriel's characters are quirky, poignant, and deep. They include: A Gullah woman using folk magic to cast her latest spell. A girl coming-of-age dealing with death in 1940s Tennessee. A wealthy Savannah matriarch with gastrointestinal issues guarding family secrets. A good ol' boy observing himself shortly after his death. An agoraphobic woman striking up a unique friendship with the girl across the street. And a band of 70-year-olds finding healing in a mountain stream.
Written in the tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, the eight short stories in Grace, Grits and Ghosts: Southern Short Stories are all rooted in the southern landscape - from the steamy coast of Georgia, to the current day Atlanta suburbs, to the ancient Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.
Pull up a rocker on the front porch, take a sip of your sweet iced tea, and lose yourself in these original stories of soulful southerners and their sultry landscape.
©2015 Susan Gabriel (P)2015 Susan Gabriel
Both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. An author with a true Southern voice. It takes one to know one. And, it's always a great day when you find a kindred spirit. This volume of short stories sent me back to Amazon for more of Susan Gabriel. I actual bought the audible version, which is read by the author. Another treat!y!
The author herself mentions that this could be likened to daily life rather than fiction and I could easily believe her.
The stories she weaves describe a colourful tapestry of life in all its forms from family to loneliness from life and youth to age and death.
Little is given away about each character at the start of a story but by the time you reach the end, the rich descriptions paint depth to each one and you don't want to see them go. You want to know more, what happens to those left behind.
These are truly deep and thoughtful and yet can still elicit a smile.
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