It Wasn't All Dancing and Other Stories
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It Wasn't All Dancing and Other Stories

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The 11 stories of this collection, display all the hallmarks of Mary Ward Brown's style - the fully realized charcters, deep sensitivity and the defining sense of place and time. All but one of the stories are set in Alabama and they deal with the small but dramatic turning points in life.
Paperback, 154 pages
Published December 4th 2002 by University Alabama Press (first published 2001)
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Sarah Ryburn
i first encountered mwb through a book club a few years ago that broke up shortly after we read these stories. well, the stories enchanted even if the group did not succeed.

i've just read her biography, fanning the spark, and feel inspired to revisit this collection. i am in love with the short story form right now as i've never been. her own passion for stories is contagious.
Vikki
This was an excellent, old fashioned book of short stories. I had read an article on Harper Lee that the author said they he had traveled to Monroeville to visit Harper Lee but there were three other people there that he wanted to visit with. Mary Ward Brown was one of those people. So southern short stories, clean, insightful, good fiction. Loved it.
Lauri
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.
Ramona
Excellent book of good stories. Well written, well crafted, and told with a kind of understated confidence. I'm thrilled to discover Mary Ward Brown.
Laura
This is a solid set of Southern short stories from an author I had never heard of before. The characters are familiar without being cliche.
Kae Cheatham
Masterful writing that brings each set of characters to life. Also promotes introspection into personal development.
Recommended.
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