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KLIATTThis collection of short stories, written by ten authors, continues the story of the people of Mossy Creek, a small town in the South, begun in the original collection, Mossy Creek. These stories center on the 20th reunion of the last graduating class of Mossy Creek High School, which mysteriously burned down. As the reunion approaches, the consciences of those who were involved are pricked until ultimately the mystery is solved. Meanwhile, new characters are introduced, new and old love is found, families are reunited and the general tempo of life in a small town continues. The authors give the characters distinctive voices, and the basic structure of letters from Katie Bell, the local gossip columnist, to a distant relation in England holds the stories together. Filled with country humor and pointed jabs at politics, pretension and petty people, this collection of stories seems like only the second in a long series of stories about this little village most of us can recognize, whether we live in the South or not. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Penguin, Berkley, 306p., Ages 15 to adult.
— Nola Theiss