"The Poet of Tolstoy Park is the novel based on the true story of Henry Stuart's life, which was reclaimed from his doctor's announcement that he would not live another year." "Henry responds to the news by slogging home barefoot in the rain. It's 1925. The place: Canyon County, Idaho. Henry is sixty-seven, a retired professor and a widower who has been told that a warmer climate will make the end more tolerable. San Diego would be a good choice." "Instead, Henry chooses Fairhope, Alabama, a town with utopian ideals, a haven for strong-minded individualists. Upton Sinclair, Sherwood Anderson, and Clarence Darrow were among its inhabitants. Henry buys ten acres of piney woods outside Fairhope. Before dying, inspired by the writings of his beloved Tolstoy, Henry can begin to "perfect the soul awarded him" and rest in the faith that he, and all people, will succeed, "even if it takes eons."
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Returning to the setting of his much-lauded The Poet of Tolstoy Park, Sonny Brewer once again gives a skillful performance in the Southern storytelling tradition. A Sound Like Thunder is a magnificently crafted tale of a man revisiting the crossroads of his life, and connecting the fragmented keepsakes in his heart and mind, and reemerging with a clear understanding of those defining moments.

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This collection of thirty Southern writers gathers some of the finest authors in the country - with stories, essays, and a poem. Demonstrating a range of styles, topics, and themes these stories display each writer's craftsmanship and talent and together form a testament to the grand literary tradition of the South.
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Like the parlor chorus of conversation at a Southern family reunion, the voices in the Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe Volume II anthology are loud or they are soft. They are crazy, and not asked to be quiet. Bookended by stories from Larry Brown and William Gay -- two masters of storytelling from traditions rooted South of the Mason-Dixon line -- this collection runs the scale from humor to pathos and back again. In voices that are rich and distinct, the skills of these Southern writers blend to lift up a harmony that's foursquare and solid. Readers embraced the first volume of Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe and it was hailed by reviewers across the country. This second volume hits its own sonorous note, strong like the distant rumble of thunder that promises cooling rain and sweet relief. More


The third volume of Stories From the Blue Moon Cafe brings the most eclectic practitioners of Southern writing together again to celebrate America's most literary and colorful region in words, verse and song.
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"...I can report that the 2005 incarnation is just as fresh and varied as the first...all of the pieces have their place in this collection, and when read one after the other, it's remarkable to be in the presence of so many fine writers...Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe IV is full of memorable moments...and has been put together with a sense of generosity, intellectual rigor, and wit." --Tom Uskali, Mobile Register
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"Rick Bragg. Tim Gautreaux. William Gay. Fannie Flagg. Diane McWhorter. Charles Simic. Daniel Wallace. Steve Yarbrough. These are just a handful of the acclaimed writers whose work has appeared in the Stories from the Blue Moon Café series since its 2002 inception. Now, in Cast of Characters and Other Stories, the fifth installment of the series, Sonny Brewer has selected a new crop of fiction promising to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes. This dynamic collection of fourteen short stories is a must-read, offering the best in contemporary Southern writing and a glimpse into the future of Southern literature.

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Following in the great literary tradition of the South, thirty of today's finest Southern writers serve up an intoxicating blend of stories, essays, and poetry. From the Civil War to the Cold War, from country music to the blues, from a mother and daughter to a boy and his dog, this is the South in all its sorrow -- and all its splendor. Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe is a delightful mixture of Southern spice: the good, the bad, the heartbreaking, and the hilarious.
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In this anthology of Southern prose and poetry, authors such as Tom Franklin, Suzanne Hudson, and Brad Watson take us from the deep South of Alabama, through backcountry Mississippi to the hills of Appalachia. We feel the aftermath of murder, marvel at motherhood, taste sumptuous Southern cooking, stay out all night fishing, and ache from lost love.
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