This eagerly anticipated second volume of short stories is offered by nationally acclaimed writer Mary Ward Brown, often referred to as the first lady of Alabama lettersWith thestories in this long awaited collectiong, Mary Ward Brown once again offers her devoted fans a palette of new literary pleasures The hallmarks of her style, so finely wrought in the award winning Tongues of Flamethe fully realized characters, her deep sensitivity, a defining sense of place and time are back in all their richness to involve and enchant the readerAll but one of the stories are set in Alabama They deal with dramatic turning points in the lives of charcaters who happen to be southerners, many jaxtaposed 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 witMost of the stories in It Wasn t All Dancing have appeared previously in prominent national magazines and literary journals, including the Atlantinc Monthly, Grand Street,and Threepenny Review This fine collection should appeal to a wide audience among writers, literature scholars, and general readers alikeMary Ward Brown won thePEN Hemingway Award, theLillian Smith Award, and theAlabama Library Association Award for her first collection of short storied, Tounges of Flame She lives in the family home in Marion, Alabama A quick, satisfying read of short stories set in the deep South in varying time periods 1950s to 1990s Well developed characters throughout Planning to read her earlier collection as well. I am not usually a fan of short stories but this book just captivated me I really enjoyed every story and now I want to read Tongues of Flame Harper Lee recommended Ms Brown s book to Marja Mills in The Mockingbird Next Door and now I see why Mary Ward Brown and I are Judson College alumnae She was still living when I was a student, and I regret not meeting her or attending the author s event she hosted at the school This is an excellent collection of short stories My favorite story was about the single mom and her daughter. Deceptively simple and moving short stories of everyday people in 1950s and later Alabama Written by a Southern woman who lived her whole life in a small Alabama town I m eager to read her second volume.
- 154 pages
- It Wasn't All Dancing and Other Stories
- Mary Ward Brown
- 03 September 2018 Mary Ward Brown