It Wasn't All Dancing and Other Stories - Deep South Books (Hardcover) (Hardback)MS Mary Ward Brown (author)
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All but one of the stories are set in Alabama. They deal with dramatic turning points in the lives of characters who happen to be southerners, many juxtaposed between Old South sensibility and manners and New South modernity and expectations. Among these is a new widow who is not consoled by well-meaning, proselytizing Christians; a middle-aged waitress in love with the town "catch"; a bedridden belle dependent upon her black nurse; a "special" young man in a newspaper shop; a young faculty wife who attempts generosity with a lower-class neighbor; and a lawyer caught in the dilemma of race issues. Through their diverse voices, Brown proves herself a graceful and gifted storyteller who writes with an authoritative pen, inventing and inhabiting the worlds of her set of characters with insight, compassion, and wit.
Most of the stories in It Wasn't All Dancing have appeared previously in prominent national magazines and literary journals, including the Atlantic Monthly, Grand Street, and the Threepenny Review. This fine collection should appeal to a wide audience among writers, literature scholars, and general readers alike.
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 142
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 226 x 147 x 18 mm
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