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.