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A Curtain of Green and Other Stories by Eudora Welty
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May 17, 2008

bookshelves: american-fiction, southern-fiction, american-short-stories
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Having a literary Southern parent, I've been hearing about Eudora Welty pretty much since birth. So I figured I'd start with her early short stories, which I found to be very much in the mode of melancholic-Southern-women-around-World-War-II (see Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, etc.), which is okay by me. The degree of quality does vary a bit, but on the whole, it's a pretty solid collection. Every story is possessed with a sort of Gothic, subtropical, almost magical-realist element that is really pretty interesting. If there's one common thread, it's a commitment to the unstated and the noncorporeal, to the silences that permeate daily existence. Welty works in the spaces where those silences bubble up to the top, and where their pall covers the experiences of her characters.

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