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Going Through the Change

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A brilliant first collection of short stories, Going Through the Change deals with the often turbulent lives of the people who inhabit rural South Georgia. Among them are The Count, who torches the local schoolhouse after his daughters are expelled for being "racially impure"; Lyneice, a recently widowed woman who gets into a fight at the local singles bar; and Kurl, a desperate war veteran who kidnaps a mildly retarded young hitchhiker. Characterized by a fresh and vivid use of language, unfailing humor, and ...
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1994 Hardcover New N jacket First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket, Ontario Review Press, Priceton, NJ, 1994, First Edition, Signed by author on false title page, (Fine, ... Fine dj)() A collection of stories concern the dramatic lives of a diverse group of characters in Southern Georgia, including a wealthy landowner who learns the value of human beings and a pair of sisters who are the objects of racism. IP. All orders are shipped by kbooks every business day. Read more Show Less

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Overview

A brilliant first collection of short stories, Going Through the Change deals with the often turbulent lives of the people who inhabit rural South Georgia. Among them are The Count, who torches the local schoolhouse after his daughters are expelled for being "racially impure"; Lyneice, a recently widowed woman who gets into a fight at the local singles bar; and Kurl, a desperate war veteran who kidnaps a mildly retarded young hitchhiker. Characterized by a fresh and vivid use of language, unfailing humor, and boundless empathy, these stories will help establish Janice Daugharty as one of our outstanding writers of short fiction.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Daugharty ( Dark of the Moon ) loosely links the 14 strong stories in this collection with frequent references to ``the change,'' or menopause. She doesn't profile stereotypical all-American mothers with college-age kids and libraries of self-help books, though; her characters invariably challenge conventional takes on the midlife crisis. Residents of south Georgia near the Okefenokee Swamp, Daugherty's principals include people of all ages: the 52-year-old woman who literally wrestles with an ``old cheerleader'' type at a bar (``You're No Angel Yourself''); a grandmotherly babysitter left in charge of an infant boy by neglectful parents (``Looking to Miss Sara''); a 45-year-old woman whose lesbianism so angers her 82-year-old father that he provokes a fistfight with her (``Nightshade''). More than a hint of gothic oddness pervades these tales, as in ``Dogs in a Pack,'' in which a single mother and her teenage daughters apprehend two would-be rapists at gunpoint, and ``Shorn Glory,'' in which a drunken man cuts the flaxen hair of angelic 10-year-old triplets--an action that implies threat but provides the formerly identical girls with individual looks. Elsewhere as well, Daugharty strongly suggests impending danger but veers from actual tragedy: a hitchhiker walks away from his backwoods kidnappers in the title story, and elderly protagonists tend to recover from the brink of heart attacks or strokes. Dramatic, even perverse buildups and often striking prose make these stories compelling; cautious conclusions leave them just shy of memorable. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Southern authors often mine their own backyards, writing about locals whom readers might characterize as poor white trash. The temptation to craft stories like William Faulkner's or Flannery O'Connor's is a worthy goal, but one that hardly anyone attains. The pieces in this collection all begin with great promise. Almost immediately, there is an undercurrent of pending violence as mostly male characters follow their visceral feelings, which range from mean to downright ornery. In the end, however, only "Last Man In" and "Making Beliefs" succeed in reaching believable denouements that pack a wallop. The rest of the stories fall short, unraveling in flat endings that usually depict life as it actually is but nevertheless disappoint the reader's expectation of an epiphany. In addition, the endless succession of ill-educated poor folks results in monolithic stories that seem repetitive by the end of the book. Only for comprehensive collections.-Olivia Opello, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865380813
  • Publisher: Ontario Review Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.61 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Dogs in a Pack 1
You're No Angel Yourself 15
Fuller Sedrick 31
Amazing Grace 52
Going Through the Change 66
Nightshade 83
Looking to Miss Sara 100
Like God Made Eve 110
Shorn Glory 122
The Day Mae Died 132
Last Man In 150
Making Beliefs 166
Tippy and the Preacher 177
Living Lessons 185
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