Dave Gaston's Reviews > Population: 485 : Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time

Population by Michael  Perry
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Apr 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: southern-authentic-regional-dialog, travel, sly-wit, short-story-essay-plays, nonfiction, collection
Read in December, 2009

A very strong series of home spun short stories. Perry’s comfortable prose is deceptive in it’s simplicity. His readers can’t help but foster a rich empathy for his off-beat characters (and neighbors). Perry’s life as a volunteer fireman offer a vivid and humane perspective from the other side of a 9-1-1 emergency call. A cornerstone of the man’s personal philosophy is his strong believe in “place” and “community.” Know your town and know your people; find away to meaningfully connect with both. Grow roots, bare fruit, offer shade. Pretty simple stuff, well worth relearning from a master story teller.
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