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Stories in the American Grain

Written over a span of three decades, these twelve short stories by Jefferson Flanders explore themes of memory, family, faith, and love against a distinctly American landscape.

Café Carolina and Other Stories offers the reader the varied worlds of its memorable characters. A waitress in a small-town restaurant invents a romantic backstory for
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Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published December 23rd 2012 by Munroe Hill Press
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Beth
A surprising book of 12 different stories. Each with its own unique story of life, people and places that touch very human emotions and feelings. I especially liked the first story and the very last one. The first is centered around a small town cafe. The lonely waitress is drawn to the mysterious couple who show up weekly, always sitting in the same spot in the back of the cafe. Over time the other workers begin to notice, bringing up questions and emotions in each of them about their own ...more
Pat
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read short stories. They bring to mind focused writing that brings the reader to a conclusion, a neat little package. These stories do not disappoint. Some accomplished that goal better than others, but they all had the ring of truth about them. There is a variety of subject matter, time, and place.
I recommend this collection to any short story fan.
I received this book from goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
Sandra Burns
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent stories.

Not a bad one, in the bunch. I liked the cafe one the best. Sounded like she decided to give her marriage another chance. Also enjoyed, how several of the stories linked to the other ones. Like the girl, who fell from the tree, and in another story, married one of the brothers.
Lea
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short stories have always been my favorite genre. Cafe Carolina and Other Stories reminds me why. In the Cafe of the title story, a skating pond in a New England town, or a suburban dining room filled with the tensions of personalities masquerading as political opinions, Flanders creates worlds that one inhabits fully, and characters that stick with you.
Catherine
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved this book that I won on Goodreads First Reads! I love books of short stories,& this one was great!
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Jefferson Flanders, a novelist, has been a sportswriter, columnist, editor, and publishing executive.

He is the author of CAFÉ CAROLINA AND OTHER STORIES, and the critically acclaimed First Trumpet trilogy of HERALD SQUARE, THE NORTH BUILDING, and THE HILL OF THREE BORDERS.

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