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Enslavement, murder, abuse, illness: there’s real trouble for the characters in Trouble Down South and Other Stories. The short stories take the reader on a journey to the past through a collection of interestingly crafted pieces of flawed humanness, social injustice, and redemption, and even humor. The collection of historical fiction chronicles events sp
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ebook, 150 pages
Published March 18th 2011 by Createspace (first published March 1st 2011)
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Lawrence
I really enjoyed this book and wished that each stories were a little bit longer. As you really start getting into the story, they would come to an end so fast. Keep up the good work of writing Katrina! I'm looking forward to your next book.
Lyndz
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, own, reviewed
Trouble Down South and Other Stories is a fun, and easy to read compilation of a dozen African-American short stories. As a historical fiction buff, I really enjoyed each of the stories. It brought to light many aspects of history that I have not given much thought to before. Specifically the voter registration crisis in Mississippi in 1964. [The Field Worker, Chapter 8]

Katrina Parker Williams has a knack for keeping the reader intent upon what is going to happen next in the stories. It was hard
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Rain Misoa
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone looking for knowledge on slavery and war and even drama!
Recommended to Rain by: GoodReads and Katrina Parker Williams
Wow! Amazing! Simply amazing! But of course I knew it would be ever since I laid my eyes on it during a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway! Unfortunately, I didn't win the giveaway much to my displeasure. However, Katrina Parker Williams, author of Trouble Down South and Other Stories, was kind enough to give me an eBook copy of her book and I appreciate it so very much! And, after reading this book, I am SO glad she did! This book is so emotional, so detailed, so well researched that it simply left ...more
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
Katrina Williams weaves storytelling into many of the significant events throughout American history and she does a great job demonstrating the impact that those events on the blacks living throughout the South.

Trouble Down South and Other Stories contains twelve short stories, and each addresses a different historical event or human condition. Readers cannot help but feel sympathetic to the treatment that blacks throughout Southern history have endured, but there is also a sense of pride to be
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Jacque
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book was very easy to read. It was written very well and drew me in to the stories. I found it to be a kind of history of African Americans from slave days to current. It was kind of sad how much oppression there still is for the African American community in these stories.
There are 12 stories in this book. Some of them seem to follow off the others and others do not. I enjoyed all of the stories but Slave Auction, The House Down the Dirt Lane and Aunt Luella’s House had the most impact on
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Larry B Gray
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Trouble Down South and Other Stories by Katrina Parker Williams is a collection of short stories dealing with slavery, racism and civil rights in the south. Written as historical fiction each story deals with a different period of time in our history and captures the struggle of human dignity and life in a segregated south.

The author captures the reality of life by vividly painting an accurate depiction of the everyday trials of the average black person trying to survive. She accomplishes this b
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Valentina
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through the author herself.
This was a wonderfully, rich book. I loved the ambience, all the Southern mojo in its pages. It really brought the feeling of the deep South, wrapping it around me as I read.
The stories themselves are amusing. They are little snippets of people’s lives throughout many time periods, which makes it very interesting to see the changes in the treatment of African Americans through the years. The one that stuck with me the longest was the on
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Kitty Austin
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
KATRINA PARKER WILLIAMS' "TROUBLE DOWN SOUTH AND OTHER STORIES" (A REVIEW)

Katrina Parker Williams has a way of weaving a story that makes you believe she was right there and saw it happen. The stories in this book are rich with history and the truth of what it was like to live in that day and age as an African American slave. You can see, as well as feel the horror, heartbreak, sadness, and even some of the happy times that went on in the lives of these people. The stories are well written and t
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Kelley
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
I was lucky to win a copy of Trouble Down South and Other. It was a great and poignant compilation of short stories. The nice thing about this book was reading the short stories out loud and then talking about each story to my fiancee while we were traveling from south Florida to upstate South Carolina for Mothers day weekend. Each story had it's own conversation starting point.
Catrina
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a very good read. It has tough stories to read because of the nature of them (slavery and racism) but it is definitely worth the emotions experienced. I would recommend this to those who like to read history.
Katrina Williams
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Katrina Parker Williams is an English Instructor at a community college. She is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University. She spends a lot of her time teaching grammar and composition classes, communicating with students, and grading papers. But when she's not drilling the proper use of grammar and mechanics into her students' minds, she writes fiction. She describes herself as a story teller: "I like to create st ...more
Arshad
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a short story as an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot. Trouble Down South and Other Stories by Katrina Parker Williams is a collection of 12 short stories organized in chronological order that touch upon various facets of the African-American experience in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The short stories e ...more
Sheila
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The twelve stories in Katrina Parker Williams Trouble Down South collection depict the lives of black Americans in the southern US over the last 200 years. A poetically phrased introductory tale includes some little-known facts about Native Americans and slavery. Next comes the heart-breaking story of a young boy and his mother at a slave auction. Swiftly changing points of view convey the unsettled hopelessness of the protagonists, and the storytelling voice feels so much like listening to fami ...more
Christine Cunningham
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
The stories in this book contain the time between the beginnings of the horror of slaves in America to the present plight of black Americans in the southern US. The stories are a stirring reminder of what has been and what continues to be. This book also includes some stories that aren’t as heart-wrenching, but more heart-warming like Grandpa’s Courtship, and Rock.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be dismissed entirely based on my skin color. I have experienced instant dismissal as a woman, howe
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Megan
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is like going on a quick time machine trip through the past 200 years - the stories are quite brief, yet have amazingly well-developed sense of time and place. All of the characters, despite the variety of their situations, come across as real - each story is a little glimpse into their world, and then before you know it, you're on to the next stop. But in spite of the brevity, the stories are surprisingly thought-provoking and provide some unexpected perspectives. I look forwa ...more
Sarah
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, read-own
I was lucky enough to win this book in a goodreads book giveaway, and greatly looked forward to reading such an interesting collection of stories. I was drawn in by the unique style in the first story, "Revolt in the Cherokee Nation". From there on, the stories were on interesting topics, and most of them I enjoyed reading. There were maybe one or two that I did not care for, yet some of them such as "Faces in the Wall", and "Rock", I really liked. My favorite, however was "The Toll of His War". ...more
Deborah
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Katrina Parker Williams short stories of the South bring to life the characters of yesterday. The stories in this book are rich with history. "Revolt in the Cherokee Nation"
reads as a short essay.Slave action tells of a mother and son who are torn apart and sold.Rock is among my favorites. Each story is unique and well written.
I received the e-book from ms. Williams in a PDF form and downloaded it to my Kindle. I am a great fan of her work.
Shannon Baas
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent quick read. Several stories about African americans dating from Indian times to present day. Very interesting stories and one I'd recommend.
J. Klug
I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

I found this book to be rather interesting. Knowing that the fictional stories were in fact based on historical events allowed me to take a new perspective as I read. I found this to be a well written collection.
Katrina Williams
Apr 20, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Katrina Parker Williams is an English Instructor at a community college. She is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University. She spends a lot of her time teaching grammar and composition classes, communicating with students, and grading papers. But when she's not drilling the proper use of grammar and mechanics into her students' minds, she writes fiction. She describes herself as a story teller: "I like to create st ...more
Therese
Apr 09, 2012 marked it as to-read
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This book turned out to be like one of those old movies for tv type deals. Would not recommendthis book to anyone
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