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Jan Fink's stories are drawn from her life experiences and the people she has met along the way. She allows her characters to channel their stories in their own voices. Stories that involve what it is to be human and capable of greed, hatred, brutality and even murder. Her characters take us through the struggles of the human capacity for good and evil, the capacity to lov ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Fifth Estate Publishing
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Espen
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's not easy making short stories that manage to pull you in and leave you satisfied at the end without feeling that something's lacking. Jan Fink delivers ten wonderful slices of life that bring out the entire spectrum of emotions from bliss to sadness, laughter to fury, despair to morbid amusement and then some. Highly recommended, both for her ability to identify with and feel for the characters and to enter the minds and hearts of an array of different personalities. And, not least, to tell ...more
Natalee Pfeifer
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I auditioned for and "won" the task of producing the audiobook for this glorious set of short stories in late June. Working with Jan and her publisher, reading through these EPIC tales and getting to know these VERY REAL characters, I fell completely in love. It has been some time since a short story has captured my attention so. I forgot about the task at hand and got lost in Jan's pages. These stories will make you laugh and cry but every one of them will leave you wondering...Do not miss this ...more
Lori Johnson
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
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Marvelous vignettes about Alabama life and how life in general takes twists and turns. As I read, I felt as if I knew these people and was driven to find out what happened to each of them. Some characters I wanted to forget because Jan Fink's writing and character development was so vivid that I strongly disliked those characters. The same can be said for the characters I wanted to remember and delighted in getting to know through these short stories. Well done and I recommend highly.
Virginia Gordon
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
To quote a character in this book "...the South is full of colorful, eccentric characters." The ten short stories in this book are full of a sampling of these Southern characters. I really admire an author who can write so convincingly in the first person and bring to life a wide variety of characters no matter their gender, age and background. Well done!
Terry
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Each story sucks you in, the characters chew you up and some spit you out. The are wonderful slices of southern Americana. Anyone that enjoys darker side short stories will enjoy this book. Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for the opportunity to share some of Jan's life with me.
Michelle
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for such a great book
Vincent O'Neil
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
When I saw TALES FROM A STRANGE SOUTHERN LADY as a give away on Goodreads, I immediately thought of a very NICE Southern Lady I know. If I won an autographed copy, I would send it to her (You know who you are.)

I won.

Just for kicks, I read the book, and I still haven't sent it to anyone.

As a self-published author myself, I know how hard it is to get a book in print. I offered my fifth book to a publisher who offered to edit the completed work for $5000. FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS! That book still res
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Kim
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! Thank you Goodreads Giveaway! I can't tell you how interesting this book was! The last page just moved me so much. This book will go in my "favorites" category.
Patrice Wheeler
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
loved it
Amy Holliday
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. I like short stories. I found myself not wanting to put the book down on some of the stories.
Thank you so much.


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Jan Fink is a Southern Gothic writer who has worked as a reporter, columnist, and feature writer. She writes about the South she loves, its people, and both the light and the dark sides of Southern life.

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