Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, O. Henry Award and Edgar Awards, the 19 writers in this 2005 edition are not just considered some of the best Southern writers, but among the best American writers period. With works by such writers as Dennis Lehane, Moira Crone, Robert Olen Butler, Cary Holladay, Tom Franklin, and Rebecca Soppe, this collection provides an electrifying current of deep, dark subjects set in the brutal, but charming south.
What has been forgotten can destroy you and everything you hold dear. Daisko Nori learns that lesson first hand as he goes about fulfilling his duty as an imperial bodyguard. Nori is sent to the city of Jadai to protect the youngest daughter of the Empress. What starts off as an easy, boring assignment will quickly escalate to an epic quest, filled with terrible monsters, questionable characters, and a race against time.
Little Bit of Pride reveals the struggles and trials endured by a troubled youth who strives with all his being to be the best son a father could love. Met with many failures, he decides to leave home and search for his true inner self within. Learning how to conquer his shame, he is faced then again with the perilous dangers of returning home. In an effort to save his family and friends, he discovers his true inner strengths and regains self-pride and honor, and shows courage above and beyond by placing his own life at risk to preserve his homeland and the lives of those he holds dear.