Grace, Grits and Ghosts: Southern Short Stories by Susan Gabriel

Grace, Grits and Ghosts: Southern Short Stories

bySusan Gabriel

Kobo ebook | February 10, 2015

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This delightful collection of short stories from acclaimed writer, Susan Gabriel (The Secret Sense of Wildflower, a Best Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews), is rich in humor, as well as mystery and meaning.

Whether white or black, living or dead, down home country or upscale urban, Gabriel’s characters are quirky, poignant and deep. They include: A Gullah woman using folk magic to cast her latest spell. A girl coming-of-age dealing with death in 1940s Tennessee. A wealthy Savannah matriarch with gastrointestinal issues guarding family secrets. A good ol’ boy observing himself shortly after his death. An agoraphobic woman striking up a unique friendship with the girl across the street. And a band of seventy-year-olds finding healing in a mountain stream.

Written in the tradition of Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty, the eight short stories in Grace, Grits and Ghosts: Southern Short Stories are all rooted in the southern landscape—from the steamy coast of Georgia, to the current day Atlanta suburbs, to the ancient Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.

Pull up a rocker on the front porch, take a sip of your sweet iced tea and lose yourself in these original stories of soulful southerners and their sultry landscape.

Title:Grace, Grits and Ghosts: Southern Short StoriesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:Wild Lily ArtsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, well- written stories This is a wonderful collection of stories that are quite various in subject, setting and characters. I liked that diversity. There are a couple stories based on two of Gabriel's excellent novels - The Secret Sense of Wildflower and Temple Secrets. And there is a wonderful story about an unlikely friendship between a girl and her elderly agoraphobic neighbor with a surprise ending, There are several quite humorous stories as well, including one about a guy watching himself have a heart attack and die (trust me, you have to read it!). I love the writing and found the stories entertaining and at times moving. A great weekend read!
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! Ever since her compelling "The Secret Sense of Wildflower" Susan Gabriel has been one of my favorite authors and her skill as a writer and storyteller is emphasized again in this book. This wonderful collection of stories, each with very different angles, had me hooked from the first page. The characters run the gamut from darkly haunting and mysterious all the way to eccentrically hilarious and that is because they are all born from the same land - the haunting, mysterious, eccentric South. My favorite, if I had to pick, would be the insightful and poignant look into the shuttered life of an agoraphobic woman with its unexpected conclusion. Truthfully though, it's probably a tie with the others, and I can certainly say, that after the two glimpses into the author's new book "Temple Secrets" I'm looking forward to reading it, too!
Date published: 2015-03-12