The Oysterback Tales

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Once you find yourself in Oysterback, you may never want to leave. Nothing beats Desiree Grinch's corn soup at the Blue Crab Tavern. There's never a wait at The Curl Up 'N Dye Salon de Beaute. In season, you can buy your produce (as you pay your respects) at Dreedle's Funeral Parlor. There's bingo every Tuesday at the V.F.D. The Mosquito Festival is next week. And when the moon hangs over Widgeon Marsh as full and yellow as one of Miss Nettie's oyster fritters, you'll know ...

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Once you find yourself in Oysterback, you may never want to leave. Nothing beats Desiree Grinch's corn soup at the Blue Crab Tavern. There's never a wait at The Curl Up 'N Dye Salon de Beaute. In season, you can buy your produce (as you pay your respects) at Dreedle's Funeral Parlor. There's bingo every Tuesday at the V.F.D. The Mosquito Festival is next week. And when the moon hangs over Widgeon Marsh as full and yellow as one of Miss Nettie's oyster fritters, you'll know you're in a place like no other.

Since 1988, readers of the Baltimore Sun have delighted in regular visits to Oysterback — Helen Chappell's mythical town on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Chappell's stories capture the unique charm of rural life on the Shore, and her memorable characters typify the folksy strength and eccentricity of the natives. "In Oysterback," as the town's Captain Saloman observes, "we have characters we haven't even used yet."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801880605
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Chappell has published more than twenty-five books, including The Chesapeake Book of the Dead, also available from Johns Hopkins. A journalist, teacher, and freelance, she lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she covers the waterfront for several publications.

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Table of Contents

Honorary citizens of Oysterback
From Professor Shepherd's History of Oysterback 1
The silver cord is broken, the golden bowl is loose : read all about it in the Oysterback Bugeye 3
Bargain day over to Omar's store 7
Ferrus T. Buckett deals with hard times 9
Hudson Swann eludes the law 12
How Ferrus T. Buckett foretold the Oscars 16
Over to Omar Hinton's store 19
Tales from the classifieds : more stuff from the Bugeye 22
Huddie ponders the ultimate question 25
The wisdom of Miss Nettie's fritters 28
After the funeral of Haney Sparks 32
The prince of Tilghman Island 36
Latest news from the Oysterback Bugeye 39
Half a boy and half a man 42
Floater 44
Summer calendar, from the Oysterback Bugeye 46
Reflections on an Oysterback wedding 49
Snake Wingate proposes, God disposes 52
We was all right, Huddie 55
Desiree and Earl Don rekindle the magic 57
Even a Jonah can have a piece of luck 60
To sleep, perchance to dream 63
Fried chicken and the religious right 65
What's news from the Oysterback Bugeye : entertainment news from our hometown paper 69
Desiree meets the god of excess 72
The midnight waterman escort service 75
Junie Redmond's day in court 78
It's safer up here 81
A modest proposal at the town meeting 83
Letters to the Oysterback Bugeye 85
Girls' night out 88
Quite quaint they ain't 90
A voice from the past 92
This just in from the Bugeye 94
The devil, Steve Meachum, and all their works 97
Angels unawares 100
Last call 103
Where they take Christmas seriously 105
Make a joyful noise 108
Philo redux 110
Talking and writing good Oysterback : a foreigner's guide by Professor Shepherd 113
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