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  • The Gospel of the Twin Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Submissions Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Contents Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August

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  • “GodPretty in the Tobacco Field,” by Kim Michele Richardson - Southern Literary Review
    her tobacco plants might win her the prize money with which to stake hers and Rainey s future Though he loves RubyLyn Rainey who is realized by the author with great delicacy sees a future for himself in the army It s his way out of the impoverished cruel town Seeing Louisville is a life changing event for RubyLyn though she does not win the prize because she missed the required arrival time The people she sees are animated friendly and enjoying life not stooped over and broken in spirit She even makes a contact with someone who will help sell her artwork Back home things go from bad to worse the tobacco fields are burned down intentionally is seems Nasty jealous neighbors need to bring Gunnar Royal down They need to put his black hired hand Rainey in his place They are the people whose misery needs and creates company Ms Richardson s portrait of the neighboring families hopeless lives one family is ready to sell a child to get out of debt stands out as one of the book s major achievements That achievement includes pitch perfect representation of speech patterns and finely detailed views of the homes the clothing the food on the table the family heirlooms the body language the facial expressions Believe me Kim Michele Richardson takes you there Moreover though she draws a handful of characters you d like to forget she also offers us a few who are at once positive and unforgettable One of these is the itinerant trader Rose Law an unusually cheerful native of Nameless who travels and prospers in the wider world It is Rose who takes RubyLyn to Louisville and provides proper clothing for her It is Rose who allows herself to be mistaken for RubyLyn s mother easing RubyLyn s way around the fair grounds It is Rose who stands as an unbowed self reliant woman to whom RubyLyn can relate RubyLyn herself is a major achievement her yearning for a positive future and her artistic talent explored through the fascinating fortune tellers she designs and draws on paper made from tobacco pulp This beautifully textured novel raises many challenges for its main characters to overcome and as it comes to a close many surprises Saying any more would ruin it for you Click here to purchase this book Share this Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window More Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Related Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With GodPretty in the Tobacco

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  • Philip K. Jason, Author at Southern Literary Review
    Pam Webber August 31 2015 by Philip K Jason 1 Comment Reviewed by Phil Jason It s 1969 and helicopters drum above the town of Crystal Springs Alabama twice a day At ten each morning they leave Fort Rucker for a training field Field 10 Twelve hours later the choppers leave in formation to make the return trip The scheduled explosions of light and noise define the Filed Under Book Reviews Read of the Month Tagged With Alabama Florida Georgia Pam Webber Philip K Jason September Read of the Month The Wiregrass July Read of the Month A Tree Born Crooked by Steph Post July 8 2015 by Philip K Jason Leave a Comment Reviewed by Phil Jason I almost missed this one which is among the most original and striking Florida novels I ve encountered in my almost nine years of walking this beat No gorgeously hued Sunshine State here This is the Florida of grit and grime state the North Florida that is really Southern rather than the Filed Under Book Reviews Read of the Month Tagged With A Tree Born Crooked Florida Phil Jason Read of the Month Steph Post Liar s Bench by Kim Michele Richardson April 22 2015 by Philip K Jason 1 Comment Reviewed by Philip K Jason This glorious debut novel is one of an unexpectedly fine crop of recent and new Southern fiction It confronts the tragic persistence of racism and the resilient transcendent power of the human spirit It is at once a story of young love of traditions both poisonous and healing and of Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Kim Michele Richardson Liar s Bench Philip K Jason Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith January 27 2015 by Philip K Jason Leave a Comment Reviewed by Phil Jason Reprinted with permission from Florida Weekly This is the one I ve been waiting for The big surprise A debut novel set in Florida that has it all family community dreams secrets the best kind of local color tragedy humor hatred compassion love change It s 2008 Arla Bolton Bravo of the fashionable Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Florida Florida Weekly Heart of Palm Laura Lee Smith Phil Jason St Augustine Bitten My Unexpected Love Affair with Florida by Andrew Furman October 24 2014 by Philip K Jason Leave a Comment Reviewed by Phil Jason This review originally appeared in Florida Weekly Reprinted with permission Florida is blessed with writers devoted to its natural splendors and to exploring the relationship between human endeavor the environment all creatures share and the severely threatened nonhuman creatures I ve had the privilege over the years to read and write about Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Andrew Furman Bill Belleville Bitten Doug Alderson Florida Atlantic University Florida Weekly Jeff Klinkenberg Marjorie Stoneman Douglas My Unexpected Love Affair with Florida Philip K Jason Roger Tory Peterson William Bartram Next Page Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy

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  • GodPretty in the Tobacco Field Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Submissions Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Contents Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September

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  • Kentucky Archives - Southern Literary Review
    s appropriately served chilled like glasses of sweet tea I remember from childhood Darkly humorous and painfully Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Angela Pneuman Emily Hoover Flannery O Connor Kentucky Lay it on my Heart Ghosting by Kirby Gann April 20 2012 by Tina Egnoski Leave a Comment Review by Tina Egnoski In Kirby Gann s new book Ghosting Kentucky is raw edged poverty stricken and violent It is also a place of physical beauty and for some of personal redemption The protagonist James Cole Prather known as Cole is twenty three and at loose ends He lives with his mother Lyda an addict His half brother Fleece Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Appalachia Ghosting Kentucky Kirby Gann novel Our Napoleon The Barbarian Parade University of Louisville Italo Calvino Prize October 12 2010 by Julie Cantrell Leave a Comment University of Louisville Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction A prize of 1 500 publication in Salt Hill Journal and an all expenses paid trip to read at the University of Louisville s annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture is given annually for a work of fabulist fiction written in the vein of Italo Calvino Submit up Filed Under Grants and Contests News Events Tagged With Fabulist Fiction Italo Calvino Prize Kentucky Salt Hill Journal University of Louisville Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Submissions Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Contents Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants

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  • Kim Michele Richardson Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Kim Michele Richardson April 22 2015 by Philip K Jason 1 Comment Reviewed by Philip K Jason This glorious debut novel is one of an unexpectedly fine crop of recent and new Southern fiction It confronts the tragic persistence of racism and the resilient transcendent power of the human spirit It is at once a story of young love of traditions both poisonous and healing and of Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Kim Michele Richardson Liar s Bench Philip K Jason Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Submissions Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Contents Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011

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  • Philip K. Jason Archives - Southern Literary Review
    by Pam Webber August 31 2015 by Philip K Jason 1 Comment Reviewed by Phil Jason It s 1969 and helicopters drum above the town of Crystal Springs Alabama twice a day At ten each morning they leave Fort Rucker for a training field Field 10 Twelve hours later the choppers leave in formation to make the return trip The scheduled explosions of light and noise define the Filed Under Book Reviews Read of the Month Tagged With Alabama Florida Georgia Pam Webber Philip K Jason September Read of the Month The Wiregrass Liar s Bench by Kim Michele Richardson April 22 2015 by Philip K Jason 1 Comment Reviewed by Philip K Jason This glorious debut novel is one of an unexpectedly fine crop of recent and new Southern fiction It confronts the tragic persistence of racism and the resilient transcendent power of the human spirit It is at once a story of young love of traditions both poisonous and healing and of Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Kim Michele Richardson Liar s Bench Philip K Jason Bitten My Unexpected Love Affair with Florida by Andrew Furman October 24 2014 by Philip K Jason Leave a Comment Reviewed by Phil Jason This review originally appeared in Florida Weekly Reprinted with permission Florida is blessed with writers devoted to its natural splendors and to exploring the relationship between human endeavor the environment all creatures share and the severely threatened nonhuman creatures I ve had the privilege over the years to read and write about Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Andrew Furman Bill Belleville Bitten Doug Alderson Florida Atlantic University Florida Weekly Jeff Klinkenberg Marjorie Stoneman Douglas My Unexpected Love Affair with Florida Philip K Jason Roger Tory Peterson William Bartram Whisper s Edge by LuAnn McLane June 26 2013 by Philip K Jason Leave a Comment Reviewed by Philip K Jason Ms McLane s fourth entry in her popular Cricket Creek series and her eighteenth title overall continues to explore the charm of a friendly Kentucky riverfront town in the midst of change While business ventures can enhance the town they can also undermine its caring relaxed neighborly character In this installment Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Cricket Creek Florida Weekly LuAnn McLane Philip K Jason Whisper s Edge June Read of the Month The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher June 5 2013 by Philip K Jason Leave a Comment Reviewed by Philip K Jason This soulful biography has the makings of an American classic It has attributes that are likely to put it on all kinds of reading lists family dynamics coping with illness grieving religious questioning small town life and regional culture to name a handful Its subtitle pushes some of these buttons Filed Under Book Reviews Read of the Month Tagged With Louisiana Philip K Jason Rod Dreher The Little Way of Ruthie Leming Next Page Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by

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  • “In the Heart of the Dark Wood,” by Billy Coffey - Southern Literary Review
    weren t or at least they hadn t been They had been something else Something mean Coffey s subtlety is expert and meticulous here Once a presence is revealed to live in and is found to be separate from the woods the reader is left questioning until nearly the end whether it is an ominous feeling or spirit or something more well manifest Is there an actual creature waiting to devour In the Heart of the Dark Wood s imagery and subtle allegory are reminiscent of the works of Flannery O Connor they channel the elegant and poetic traditions of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne and harness the suspense and sheer fright of Frank Peretti s This Present Darkness Coffey s literary influences and his choice in narrative style give the impression that much more happening than we ever see The use of the third person omniscient narrator while a risk helps to accomplish several wins for Coffey With tone and attention set on internality there are very few details about how characters appear physically Coffey taps into the metaphysical his motif The two main characters are 11 years old Yet the book sets out to tackle a number of abstract ideas and philosophical themes Conveying Allie s or Zach s interpretations of adult actions would not have guided us to the truth For example the confusion surrounding the monster the demon as described by Zach and God as described by Allie which appears a number of times under the veil of darkness is arguably more scary because Zach and Allie are children alone in the dark Would an adult have recognized the creature from the beginning Probably But not preadolescents Because of this all knowing narrator the reader makes fewer assumptions or inferences We re given an almost aerial perspective of action in the wooded terrain We re even briefly allowed a glimpse of what Samwise a dog thinks of the journey There are of course still instances when the reader must see accept and discern the story through the children s eyes but that is as it should be Much is done well in The Heart of the Dark Wood and while it could stand as strong without some scenes that don t carry the story the spiritual journey of Allie s character in particular is sometimes confusing and does not appear linear the last fifty pages of the book neatly clarify any doubts and answer any outstanding questions Coffey s third installment in the Mattingly series is well written and thought provoking It challenges us to examine our own belief system and find the reason for hope within ourselves Click here to purchase this book Share this Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window More Click to share

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