Lee Smith, one of today's finest writers in the Southern literary tradition, has been compared to Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. This collection of nine stories, ranging from poignant ballads to delightfully inventive forms, showcases Smith's celebrated talent. The stories will make you chuckle and leave you with a satisfying sense that no matter how unruly or warped life may seem, equilibrium can be found after all. With each story you will meet wonderful, vivid characters from towns throughout the South. Smith's knack for mannerisms and voices makes you feel these are real people whom you have known for years. And as their sometimes bizarre behavior becomes understandable, you will learn the secrets of their hearts. Narrators Linda Stephens and Tom Stechschulte add to the Southern ambiance by providing just the right voices for Smith's menagerie of colorful characters. Their skilled performances let you fully enjoy the gentle humor and pathos that season these stories.
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by Lee Smith
by Robin Lee Hatcher
by James Lee Burke
by Carolyn Haines
""All this pain and loving, mystery and loss," muses the narrator of the first of this collection of stories. The piece is titled "Between the Lines," a hint as to how to read--or hear--everything set down thereafter. Most of the stories are read by Linda Stephens, who is more than adept at subtly delineating characters by their voices and dialects. Her warm, shrewd narration suits the author's tone admirably. The single story featuring a male first-person narrator is well read by Tom Stechschulte, and Kate Forbes does nicely with the story told by a teen. Strangely, Forbes receives no jacket credit. It bears repeating that short story collections should contain some printed means of knowing which stories are included, and in which order--either on the individual cassettes, or on the package. This one does not. S.P. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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