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by Rilla Askew (Goodreads Author)
The strangeness of life and death play out in a fictional American small townLyla Mae Muncy meets her first love at Falls Creek Baptist Assembly Summer Bible Church Camp experiences our own.
Published October 1st 1993 by Penguin Books
(first published 1992)
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Well written book. A series of short stories, no connection but the town they occur in, sometimes a character mentioned in one is the main spotlight in another, but not always, different chapters are different years, spanning 100 years from the late 1800's to the 1980's. They say an author needs to write about what they know, but this one wrote so many different perspectives you just know that can't be true in this case. I don't know, I enjoyed it, life sure is strange business.
I'm not sure what to think of this book. Some of the stories made me laugh, some cry, and some are downright disturbing. I think I will have to read this collection again in a couple years to really know what I think about it. I debated between 3 and 4 stars, maybe the second read will bump it up to 4.
wonderful, loosely linked short story collection centered on the fictional town of Cedar, Oklahoma, and offering glimpses of life there from childhood to old age: from the experiences of a young girl frightened by her strange neighbor to the waning consciousness of an elderly auction-barn owner. The characters are richly drawn, the dialogue spot-on, the total effect invigorating and moving.
Rilla Askew's first novel, The Mercy Seat, had its seeds in old stories about her family’s migration from the American South into Indian Territory. The book was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Prize, and received the Oklahoma Book Award and the Western Heritage Award in 1998. Fire in Beulah, her novel about the Tulsa Race Riot, received the American Book A ...moreMore about Rilla Askew...