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A Very Southern Christmas: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers

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Down below the Mason-Dixon line, it's hardly the land of sleigh bells, snow shovels, and a winter wonderland. What could possibly go on in the South at Christmastime?
A Very Southern Christmas burrows beneath all the fluff and window-dressing and goes straight to the heart of our most cherished holiday. Discover writing by some of the South's best contemporary fiction writ
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Hardcover, 214 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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David
I read only the Donna Tartt story.
Laurie
The writing and the stories were all very good, but this is like a southern gothic collection, in that almost all of them are major bummers.

~This Charmed Day by Tim McLaurin, 4*: Really sweet Christmas memories
~Deputy Sid's Gift by Tim Gautreaux, 3*: Writing is pretty good, but what a downer
~New Dresses by Mary Ward Brown, 3*: Same as the last
~Creche by Richard Ford, 4*: Excellent writing, can't tell where this one is going
~A Christmas Pageant by Donna Tartt, 4*
~The Ayatollah of Due East by Vale
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Donna
May 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was SO disappointed by this book. I think Christmas, I think inspiration, I think uplifting, happy, celebrations, redemption, etc. Nah, not happening between these covers.

Out of the 10 short stories 2 of them are reasonably close to these expectations. Ppl are dead, dying or in rehab. Houses burn down & the terminally ill occupant ends going to a borrowed trailer to live out his dying days.

Man, do yourself a favor & DON'T pick up this book unless you are looking for a bah humbug experi
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LeAnne
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is not your mama's set of Christmas stories. Donna Tartt has a dark, wry one, and Willie Morris's made me cry.
Greg
Some were good, some were bad. Some were interesting, some were disturbing.
Elizabeth
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am glad I live north of the Mason Dixon line at holiday season.
Judy
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
An enjoyable collection of short stories featuring a variety of Christmas themes by contemporary Southern writers.
Sarah
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I cherry picked stories by authors I like, or that grabbed me in the first few paragraphs. The story by Donna Tartt was weird and good. The story by Lee Smith made me cry. A festive read for late December.
Nikki
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads, christmas
A collection of short stories by Southern authors with a Christmas theme. My favorite was Deputy Sid's Gift, set in Louisiana. Some of the stories are heart-warming, some disturbing, but all have a real Southern flavor and are well-told.
Mimi
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this because it had a story by an author I wanted to read. Most of the stories are quite wonderful, and certainly not necessarily cheerful christmas stories. A 3.5 or more.
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