Dog Days and Dragonflies [NOOK Book]

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Dog Days and Dragonflies is a collection of stories and poems based on family, friends, and faith in Southern Appalachia. Most of the pieces are about growing up in Southwestern Virginia, childhood memories reflected upon in adulthood. From nostalgic pieces involving day-to-day memories of grandparents and great-grandparents such as "A Day With Granny" to bittersweet stories like "The Funeral," to stories withholding truths such as "Does Your Papaw Love You," to humorous pieces like "Learning to Drive," Dog Days ...
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Dog Days and Dragonflies

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Overview

Dog Days and Dragonflies is a collection of stories and poems based on family, friends, and faith in Southern Appalachia. Most of the pieces are about growing up in Southwestern Virginia, childhood memories reflected upon in adulthood. From nostalgic pieces involving day-to-day memories of grandparents and great-grandparents such as "A Day With Granny" to bittersweet stories like "The Funeral," to stories withholding truths such as "Does Your Papaw Love You," to humorous pieces like "Learning to Drive," Dog Days and Dragonflies has something for just about every reading taste. There are stories and poems for good times and also pieces for times you wish were better. All in all, the collection is about life in its many moments and guises, and hopefully reaches audiences whether or not they grew up in Appalachia or the South.
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Editorial Reviews

Author Blurb for Book - Rita Quillen
"Dog Days and Dragonflies is Chrissie Anderson Peters' tribute to the people who made her, especially her mother and grandparents... This book is the story of all kinds of salvation, how all the old verities -- family, church, community, work, and nature -- are all finally the only important things. Dog Days and Dragonflies reminds us to be always hopeful and to wait for our 'red bird wishes' to come true."
Author Blurb for Book - George Ella Lyon
"If you're looking for brave vision in a new voice, Dog Days and Dragonflies is the book for you. Chrissie Anderson Peters' stories of friendship, hardship, family love and betrayal will stay with you long past the last page."
Author Blurb for Book - Jim Minick
"Imagine learning to drive an old pickup in a hayfield, your grandpa teaching you. But instead of riding beside you, Grandpa walks in front of you. Which of those three pedals do you press to stop? That tension and humor will pull you along through Chrissie Anderson Peters' Dog Days and Dragonflies."
Author Blurb for Book - James Whorton, Jr.
"These stories and poems by Chrissie Anderson Peters are a real delight, full of nostalgia but also a hard reality of strong, tough women and broken men. And the facts are wonderfully vivid, from the smell of crayons in a box to the grandmother who holds a lit match to let a little girl blow it out."
Author Blurb for Book - Silas House
"Chrissie Anderson Peters takes us into the complicated, dark, and beautiful heart of contemporary Appalachia with these intriguing stories, essays, and poems."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015711486
  • Publisher: CAP Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 153
  • File size: 88 KB

Meet the Author

Chrissie Anderson Peters was born in Marion, Virginia, and grew up in Tazewell, Virginia. She graduated from Tazewell High School in 1989, and completed her BA in English/Secondary Education from Emory & Henry College in 1993. She received her Masters of Science in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee in 2000. She currently works as a librarian at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tennessee. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, researching, and dabbling in genealogy, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Grayson County, VA, Heritage Foundation. She resides in Bristol, Tennessee, a town that straddles the Tennessee and Virginia state lines, with her husband Russell and their feline children. For more information, check out her website, www.ChrissieAndersonPeters.com, or email her at .
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  • Posted July 4, 2013

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    In the preface, Peters writes, "The people, places and stor

    In the preface, Peters writes, "The people, places and stories presented in Dog Days and Dragonflies are, by and large, stories of my life." This collection of short stories and poems presents a childhood in Appalachia surrounded by kin, from carefree preschool days spent with a great-grandmother with one leg to a dark day with a friend who whispers the ugly secret of child abuse. Of a young woman who tries to commit suicide to an older one who wishes nothing more than to kill her abusive husband. Of a teenager's driving lessons with her grandfather to a mystical trip with a boyfriend to Salem, Massachusetts. From a cousin running down the ice cream truck to a young child watching her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother wrap meat. All beautifully written, many with a wistful tone, reflecting a time and place free of modern-day electronic gadgetry where families were bonded and held together through the good times and the bad.

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