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The Half-Mammals of Dixie
by George Singleton


Overview - This second collection of short stories by a bright star in Southern fiction showcases a town so tiny it missed the map, the gleefully off-the-wall Southerners who refuse to be pigeonholed, and a South far removed from big-city Atlanta and proper Charleston.  Read more...

 
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Overview
This second collection of short stories by a bright star in Southern fiction showcases a town so tiny it missed the map, the gleefully off-the-wall Southerners who refuse to be pigeonholed, and a South far removed from big-city Atlanta and proper Charleston. As the author says of his characters, "They're regular people just trying to get by." Among them: a boy whose reputation is ruined when he appears in a head-lice documentary; a lovelorn father who woos his third-grader's teacher with creative show-and-tells; and a former pharmaceuticals salesman who waits for the word of God to tell him what to paint on next the "primitive" canvases he sells for big bucks to an art dealer.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780156028585
  • ISBN-10: 0156028581
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publish Date: September 2003
  • Page Count: 312
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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The Half-Mammals of Dixie

This second collection of Southern-bred short stories showcases Singleton's offbeat vision of everyday folks going about the daily business of living. Most of the narratives are set in or near a fictional South Carolina community called Forty-Five, a small town brimming with unexpected tales. "What Slide Rules Can't Measure" is a surreal look at flea market frequenters, while "Show and Tell" features a lovesick father who tries to win the heart of his son's third grade teacher by sending the boy to school with some very special items for show-and-tell. Singleton does a wonderful job of capturing the idiosyncrasies of Southern syntax. His expert use of first-person narration has won him comparisons to Eudora Welty and Barry Hannah, and, hence, recognition as one of the region's most promising new writers.

 
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