- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
KLIATTAny collection of fiction from Southern writers has to first confront the issue of stereotypical characters, language, food, religion and politics. Ravenel, an editor of anthologies of American short stories, has specialized most recently in stories of the South. She concludes that Southern culture is a "stack of transparencies," in which the different stereotypes become a prism through which writers and readers view the same world through different lenses. One characteristic most of these stories share is a feeling of sadness, mixed with humor. In "The Choir Director Affair (The Baby's Teeth)" the narrator tells of his relationship with a young couple who birth a baby with a full set of teeth. The baby's father is having an affair with the choir director and the narrator becomes entangled in their lives and attached to the baby. As he writes, "The things we once loved do not change, only our belief in them." In "Jane's Hat," a young girl's hat is swiped off her head by her principal. This leads to the story of integration at their small Southern school in 1968 and a reunion with her old friend many years later. Each story is followed by a short biography of the author and the author's recollection of what inspired the story and how it was written, which is often as interesting as the story itself. The stories are followed by a list of magazines from which the tales were chosen and a complete list of stories in these collections since 1986. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 309p. illus., Ages 12 to adult.