Oh Don't You Cry for Me: Stories

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A vivid lot of characters, each worthy of the utmost compassion or contempt?or perhaps both?inhabit this debut collection. A Bible-beating preacher of the literal kind, a tattoo-covered man who plies dead armadillos with empty beer cans, a mother bent on retaliating against her daughter's attacker, and scores of other obsessive and temperamental personalities wander and collide in this striking collection. Running throughout the book is the recurrent theme of denial, or unshakable naivet?, in the face ...

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Overview

A vivid lot of characters, each worthy of the utmost compassion or contempt—or perhaps both—inhabit this debut collection. A Bible-beating preacher of the literal kind, a tattoo-covered man who plies dead armadillos with empty beer cans, a mother bent on retaliating against her daughter's attacker, and scores of other obsessive and temperamental personalities wander and collide in this striking collection. Running throughout the book is the recurrent theme of denial, or unshakable naiveté, in the face of disaster and its inevitable consequences. Anchored by the last piece, a cinematic, suspenseful account of a young attorney and her jealous lovers—these tales deliver a hard-hitting assortment of skillful storytelling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980016406
  • Publisher: Jefferson Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Shirley is president of GodwinGroup ad agency and has received more than a dozen awards for his poetry, fiction, speech, and feature writing. His work has been anthologized in Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe IV and has appeared in online and print journals including Art Gulf Coast, Southern Gothic Online, Southern Humanities Review, and storySouth. He lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Table of Contents


Charisma     1
To Be Loved in Skyline     5
The Turkey Hunt     21
The Story of William B. Greene     39
The Trust Jesus Society     55
The Downtown Club     75
A Death in the Family     93
Robert Earl and W.C.     101
The Consequence of Summer Heat     111
Acknowledgements     153
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    This one is a MUST READ!

    Perfect little book of short stories designed to keep the reader involved with the quirky characters until the book's very end. Now I'm staring at people on the street wondering what THEIR stories are! This is the best book I've read in a long time, and I always carry a book with me. I'm buying a stack of copies for friends on my Christmas list, and you should, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    These short stories are filled with odd, quirky characters that seem a lot like people we all have somewhere in the family and hope no one finds out about.

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