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The Widows of Thornton

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The eight stories and one short play that make up this book revolve around black and white families who once lived in the small town of Thornton, Tennessee. "The stories . . . are outwardly simple, but psychologically complex and powerful, and under the surface of events in the regions he knows best the author discloses the universal longings of the human heart".--New York ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Louisiana State University Press (first published 1954)
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Hurray for the extended short story, which seems to have lost its way in the 21st century (with the exception of Alice Munro, perhaps). Peter Taylor's ability to capture the female point of view remains uncanny (although I'm told he grew up in a house full of women). "The Dark Walk" is as fine a depiction of widowhood as I've encountered. Fans of Elizabeth Spencer will enjoy this collection.
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Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor was a U.S. author and writer. Considered to be one of the finest American short story writers, Taylor's fictional milieu is the urban South. His characters, usually middle or upper class people, often are living in a time of change and struggle to discover and define their roles in society.
Peter Taylor also wrote three novels, including A Summons to Memphis in 1986, f
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