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It Wasn't All Dancing and Other Stories

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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 letters.

With the 11 stories 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-wi
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Paperback, 154 pages
Published December 4th 2002 by University Alabama Press (first published 2001)
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Arlene
Aug 16, 2015 Arlene rated it really liked it
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!
Paul Duggan
Dec 09, 2015 Paul Duggan rated it it was amazing
Enchanting and enlightening short stories about recent and not so recent times in the Deep South, specifically Alabama.

These tales will really affect you, particularly if you grew up in the South.

Highly recommended.
Sarah Ryburn
Aug 15, 2009 Sarah Ryburn rated it really liked it
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
Aug 13, 2010 Vikki rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 21, 2013 Lauri rated it really liked it
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.
Laura
Sep 05, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Feb 12, 2011 Kae Cheatham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Masterful writing that brings each set of characters to life. Also promotes introspection into personal development.
Recommended.
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