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Missus Buck

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Missus Buck--Part Two (A Short Story)--from the Trouble Down South Series (Also Read Slave Auction--Part One)

A 6850-Word Short Story

If you liked "Slave Auction" from Trouble Down South and Other Stories, you're going to love to hate "Missus Buck," a 6850-word short story about an elderly woman, advanced in years, who fosters a spirit of hostility toward her daughter-in-law
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Published (first published June 1st 2011)
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Rain Misoa
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History lovers, drama lovers, people with a high tolerance level for stupid ladies!
Recommended to Rain by: Katrina Parker Williams
You know... it is safe to say that I will forever love all stories written by the fabulous Katrina Parker Williams! This short story was very engaging, dramatic, and had intriguing characters. I was really pulled into the story and what was happening. I was actually losing my mind because of one character there that deserved to get all forms of torture bestowed upon her!!! But more on that later. How quickly I went through this story but it wasn't because of its length. No. It was because everyt ...more
Rebecca Sanders
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very cute story. It was a bit predictable, but it had you hoping that what you thought might happen would. And it left me with a satisfactory smile at the end.
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
"Missus Buck" is a short story set in the deep South, where slavery was ingrained in every fabric of the culture during the 1800s. Like many short stories, this one left me wanting a whole novel set during the time period - I want more regarding the life of Rubilene, Aunt Virginny, and the Branderburgs.

I enjoyed the story, would have liked a little more about the setting so readers could really get a feel for what life on a plantation was really like but I understand that within the confines of
Liss Martz
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-kindle
I had the fortune to read this short story thanks to Katrina. Thank you so much!!
Missus Buck, it felt so irritable since the beginnig, her head was really full of that crap of superiority over others. Massa Norris and Missus Julie, always running away from her when she visited them for long time. It was not fair for the slaves. Massa Norris was the kind of man who lets his mommy do everything, even when he had a good wife by his side. Missus Julie, well, I think she could have done more, stand
Kitty Austin
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Once again I was transported back to a time when people lived in a state of desperation and none felt it so keenly as those in slavery. In this story you're reminded just how harshly human beings were treated in those times and how society spurned them on a daily basis only seeking to make their lives much harder than necessary. The sense of desperation comes from the desire to change your circumstances and try to live a more comfortable life by r
M. Newman
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
"Missus Buck" is an excellent story that takes the reader back to the days of slavery. It paints a vivid picture of what plantation life was like, particularly for the slaves. Although some of the owners could, at times be compassionate, and even treat some of their slaves a bit like family, there was always the possibility of cruelty such as a lashing or the selling of a child despite the desperate pleas of his mother, either for profit or spite; after all, the slaves were really nothing more t ...more
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This novel will leave the reader wondering about the other two books Katrina Parker Williams wrote. The main characters are fairly well-developed. The reader will dislike Missus Buck, as it Katrina's intention, for her snooty ways and high airs. Miss Julie is to be pitied, the reader will pray for her to stand up to Missus Buck more, but be happy with Miss Julie's kind attitude. Rubeline will probably be one of the reader's favored characters, she is truly spunky and fun to read about. The dialo ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Gayle by: the author
Katrina Parker Williams takes us back in time to an era we wish we could do over or forget.
In this short piece we see man's inhumanity to man ... or in this case, woman's inhumanity.
Mrs. Brandenburg has come to visit her plantation-owner son. The slaves call her Missus Buck
behind her back because she resembles the cantankerous bull, Buck, out in the pasture.
Whenever Missus Buck is around the floggings increase and the house slaves are in a constant
state of anxiety.
When it all becomes too much, o
Dee Bibb
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Katrina for the opportunity to read this wonderful story.

"Missus Buck" is one of those old slave days stories that will set your teeth on edge. Ms Brandenburg, Missus Buck as the slaves called her,acted quite typically of the way slave owners would have behaved. I loved that the story is told from the view point of one of the slaves. This is a short story that keeps you reading and I'm not going to give away any spoilers here....but talk about a perfect way to end a story. Awesome!!
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was grateful to have received this from the gracious Ms. Williams and I'm so glad I did. I always have to keep in mind that the short story genre is just that...a short story; I found myself wanting to keep reading this intriguing piece and absolutely suffered from a "wait this can't be over yet" feeling when I was done. There are several small glimpses of the horrors of slavery woven into the overall tale of the inhumanity and injustice of slavery and each one stung me. I will definitely read ...more
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Short story. Good read about mistreatment of slaves and their retribution. When mother-in-law visits to oversee the house while her son and his wife are away the slaves know they are in for a hard time. Nothing makes Missus Brandenburg happy and nothing satisfies her. They call her Missus Buck behind her back (the recalcitrant bull is Mr. Buck). Finally, one slave decides to change things. How she does that probably happened more times then we can know in slave households.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: history fans especially those with an interest in slavery
Recommended to Wulfwyn by: Katrina Parker Williams
Shelves: owned
This is the first story I have read by this author. In this short story she gives you a glimpse of a southern household during the slave era. I liked her story but am hoping it is part of a larger story. I would like to read more about the household in the time frame leading up to the events in this short story. I will be checking out Katrina's other work as it did leave me wanting to read more.
Rose Ann
I think one reason I am not a big fan of short stories is that they end with me wanting more. I wish this story had been longer.
The cruelty and sadly, the reality of this story is heartbreaking.
It upsets me, the inhumanity.
The author did a wonderful job of transporting me back into history, in the late 1800's. Into a southern home and time of slavery.
Elizabeth Whitehead
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Missus Buck was a small glimpse into the life of a southern family - I include everyone in the description of family, to me the house slaves of the southern families were part of the family in many accounts. I enjoyed this story and was disappointed that it wasn't much longer. I enjoy reading southern stories, especially ones with history included.
Thanks Katrina for a great story.
Larry B Gray
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
With characters that you soon learn to love and hate “Missus Buck” is a story of life as a slave in the 1840s. With its colloquial language and words the story comes to life and builds to its inevitable conclusion. Another great story by Katrina Parker Williams.
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
KP Williams writes about a time when powerless slaves had little if any ressources against injustices. Reading Missus buck, you get outraged at Missus Buck attitude toward her son's slaves. But the end will see justice done. Good read!
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I liked it. The characters were well developed and the writing was engaging. I don't read alot of short stories... but this one was a keeper. I could definelty see this story line of this family growing into a grander story. Thanks Katrina!
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful short story! I only wish it had been longer! It really takes you back and makes you think. I love history and "Missus Buck" really brought a part of it to life.
Julie Barrett
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
wish book was longer, would be neat to see how things were done on a daily basis
Jean Thomas
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading the story. It did however leaving me wishing for more. Great read though. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Williams books
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In short, I loved it. I read the author's other book Slave Auction and was fortunate in being able to download Part Two Missus Buck for free. I would gladly have paid for either book. Normally, I don't read many books about the lives of individuals in slavery or those during the Holocaust because of the horror people have gone through. But sometimes reading these types of books are a good reminder of what has happened in the past.

Missus Buck is about a mother-in-law from hell visiting her son an
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was a short well written novella. Had all the emotions you'd ever want to feel. A well recommended short book to read.
Debra Arnold
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
great short story it left me wanting. more.
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