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The stories chosen here—and introduced and placed in their historical and literary context by editors ...
The stories chosen here—and introduced and placed in their historical and literary context by editors Sylvia Ann Grider and Lou Halsell Rodenberger—together weave a story of their own: the story of women’s writing in the Lone Star State. From 1865, when a prescient science fiction work was serialized in the Galveston newspaper, until the present, women have written of a different Texas than the stereotypical Wild West of men’s writing. Beverly Lowry, Carolyn Osborn, Annette Sanford, Denise Chavez, Katherine Anne Porter, Judy Alter, Joyce Gibson Roach, and others have told a range of stories that capture the range of circumstances, feelings, and experiences Texas women have known and lived.
As Susan Wiltshire Ford writes in “The Quilt,” “any grief was bearable if you could tell a story about it or make a story out of it.” Texas women have borne grief and laughter, hope and memory by telling a story. Let’s hear it.
|Acknowledgments and Permissions|
|Texas Women Writers and the Short Story||11|
|Pt. I||Civil War to Turn-of-the-Century|
|An Afternoon's Nap, or: Five Hundred Years Ahead||49|
|A Thanksgiving Story||73|
|An Elephant's Track||83|
|The Last Hunt of Dorax||98|
|Uncle Edgar and the Reluctant Saint||165|
|Against the Moon||197|
|If You're Not Going to Stay Then Please Don't Bother to Come||214|
|Once Again on All Souls||248|
|Helens and Roses||275|
|Just As I Am||293|
|The Ladies' Room||311|
|The McCoy Hotel||323|
|Let's Hear It for the Red Shoes||349|
|Sue Ellen Learns to Dance||361|
|The Halloween Alps Boys||374|
|App. A||Short Story Collections by Texas Women Writers||403|
|App. B||Major Collections of Texas Short Stories Containing Stories by Texas Women||407|
Posted May 1, 2004
Book publisher Bill Shearer once said that books are purchased by Engineers and women over 50. This book is one that is to be kept, read, discussed and enjoyed by not only engineers and women but by everyone. Twenty-two of the best short stories by Texas women writers for the last 140 years have been chosen. The first one really appealed to me as an engineer. In 1865, before the invention of the light bulb or telephone, Mohl has a man waking up 500 years in the future and interacting with GPS devices, FAX machines, television, home entertainment centers, books printed on demand, robot manufacturing, just in time inventory systems, space travel and societal changes that we haven't yet achieved like keeping everyone at age 35 in looks. This is a story to be discussed in social science classes as well as sci-fi. My next best choice is Let's Hear It for the Red Shoes. Written by a writer of children's Sunday school literature, this is a story that needs to be told by a performer and would make a great TV movie. A small town woman marries her boy friend who took her dancing every weekend until they got married. He wants to play on a state competetive softball team and it is the Baptist team. He joins the church and they quit dancing. She goes with a friend to New Orleans to a Tupperware convention and the rest of the story really needs to be onstage. All of the stories are great and would each make a discussion for a book study group. For English teachers, the first part of the book is the result of seven years of research into the critical analysis of Texas literature focusing on women and is a great addition to the literature. Also each short story author has a critical analysis of all of her writing with the story. I have read every word and am only biased because the book is dedicated to me, an engineer. Charles A. Rodenberger, PhD, PEWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2004
This is a book for everyone to read. First it is a comprehensive history of women authors with roots in Texas that are nationally published. Not only the ones with short stories, but also those whose stories are not in the book. Each story in the book has a complete biography of the author. Then there are 22 stories that are the best of the 19th and 20th century. The first was written in 1865 before the invention of the light bulb or the telephone and has a man waking up 500 years later to inventions of FAXs, print-on-demand books, robot manufacturing, GPS devices, holographic home entertainment centers, space and supersonic travel plus changes to society that are amazing insights. As a rocket scientist I was intrigued by this story. I liked all of the stories, but the funniest is LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE RED SHOES. About a tupperware saleswoman going to a convention in New Orleans and celebrating in her own way. Read this one and laugh. I am prejudiced because this book is dedicated to me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.