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Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe II: An Anthology of Southern Literature written by Sonny Brewer

 

Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe II: An Anthology of Southern Literature written by Sonny Brewer

Overview:

Like the parlor chorus of conversation at a Southern family reunion, the voices in the Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe Volume II anthology are loud or they are soft. They are crazy, and not asked to be quiet. Bookended by stories from Larry Brown and William Gay -- two masters of storytelling from traditions rooted South of the Mason-Dixon line -- this collection runs the scale from humor to pathos and back again. In voices that are rich and distinct, the skills of these Southern writers blend to lift up a harmony that's foursquare and solid. Readers embraced the first volume of Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe and it was hailed by reviewers across the country. This second volume hits its own sonorous note, strong like the distant rumble of thunder that promises cooling rain and sweet relief.

Synopsis:

Like the parlor chorus of conversation at a Southern family reunion, the voices in the Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe Volume II anthology are loud or they are soft. They are crazy, and not asked to be quiet. Bookended by stories from Larry Brown and William Gay -- two masters of storytelling from traditions rooted South of the Mason-Dixon line -- this collection runs the scale from humor to pathos and back again. In voices that are rich and distinct, the skills of these Southern writers blend to lift up a harmony that's foursquare and solid. Readers embraced the first volume of Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe and it was hailed by reviewers across the country. This second volume hits its own sonorous note, strong like the distant rumble of thunder that promises cooling rain and sweet relief.

Publishers Weekly

Eclectic, unpretentious and enjoyable, this collection of short stories, poetry and nonfiction is the second installment in the Blue Room Cafe series, edited by Brewer, owner of an Alabama bookstore and director of the annual literary event Southern Writers Reading. The majority of the book is high quality fiction, much of it by authors little known outside the Deep South. The opening story by Larry Brown, "A Roadside Resurrection," is a gritty tale of a dying man and a healer who is cursed by his gift for healing. In William Gay's "Homecoming," a man drops in on wealthy relatives and finds the rich have more problems than he ever imagined. In Michelle Richmond's "Choose Your Travel Partner Wisely," a woman finds out more than she wants to know about her husband during a tropical holiday. Another husband and wife grow apart in "Orphans," by Donald Hays, in which an Oklahoma dentist finds God and moves to Russia to found an orphanage, his skeptical wife trailing behind. The strong nonfiction entries include "My Heroes Have Always Been Grill Cooks: Rumination on William Price Fox's Southern Fried," by John T. Edge, an insightful piece presented in a style recalling Fox's famous staccato delivery. Among the poems, the most moving is David Fuller's "Linda Wahlthal," in which a man wonders whatever became of his first love. Brewer's anthology must compete for shelf space with other, longer-established series, but the pleasing array of fresh voices and discerning selection of material makes this a welcome alternative. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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