Grace, Grits and Ghosts: Southern Short Stories
This delightful collection of southern short stories from acclaimed writer, Susan Gabriel (The Secret Sense of Wildflower, a Best Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews), is rich in humor, as well as mystery and meaning.
Whether white or black, living or dead, down home country or upscale urban, Gabrielâ€™s characters are quirky, poignant and deep. They include: A Gullah woman using folk magic to cast her latest spell. A girl coming-of-age dealing with death in 1940s Tennessee. A wealthy Savannah matriarch with gastrointestinal issues guarding family secrets. A good olâ€™ boy observing himself shortly after his death. An agoraphobic woman striking up a unique friendship with the girl across the street. And a band of seventy-year-olds finding healing in a mountain stream.
Written in the tradition of Flannery Oâ€™Connor and Eudora Welty, the eight short stories in Grace, Grits and Ghosts: Southern Short Stories are all rooted in the southern landscapeâ€”from the steamy coast of Georgia, to the current day Atlanta suburbs, to the ancient Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.
Pull up a rocker on the front porch, take a sip of your sweet iced tea and lose yourself in these original stories of soulful southerners and their sultry landscape.
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â€œThank you for your wonderful words. I just finished Grace, Grits and Ghosts. Iâ€™m in Columbus, Georgia right on the border of Alabama. I have lived in the valley my whole life and adore the Chattahoochee River.Â Your stories are so southern and the characters are unforgettable. Thank you!!â€Susan Waldrop
“I absolutely loved the stories in Grace, Grits and Ghosts, but I do have a couple of favorites, Temple Secrets, Iris and Queenie had me laughing from the first line, and The Secret Sense of Wildflower, Louise May (Wildflower) touched my heart and I just wanted to mother her and let her she in my bed to ease her sorrow, as I too lost my dad and he too could make anyone laugh till you wet your pants. He was my poet. Thank you, Susan Gabriel.”Beth Ingham