The Cry of an Occasion: Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers

Sending request ...

Overview

?

LSU Press

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
All 19 contributors to this mixed collection are associated with the Fellowship of Southern Writers, based in Chattanooga and organized in 1989 under the aegis of the late esteemed critic Cleanth Brooks for the purpose of encouraging and honoring excellence in Southern letters. Many of the writers are household names where Southern literature is discussed. However, while several of the stories are well crafted and touching, an equal number do not represent these authors at their best, despite their having been chosen by the authors themselves. "Between the Lines," by the irrepressible Lee Smith, is from her long-ago collection Cakewalk. The story is a classic, telling of an optimistic rural woman who puts a positive spin on the most life-shattering events as she composes a fortnightly column for a Greenville, S.C., newspaper. Of equal excellence is Elizabeth Spencer's "Everlasting Light," a short, powerful tale of a father's overwhelming love for his daughter. Michael Knight, a young writer who burst onto the scene just a few years ago, delivers a memorable narrative in "For Alice to the Fourth Floor," concerning a woman who returns from a first date to find herself locked out of her apartment on a freezing December night, and the pains her new friend takes to help her. In "Feeling Good, Feeling Fine," George Garrett captures a magic and tragic baseball moment from a boy's childhood. Stories by Allan Gurganus, Barry Hannah, Shelby Foote, Doris Betts, William Henry Lewis and Jill McCorkle are less engaging, some too long and rambling, some difficult to fully understand. This is a smorgasbord of literary offerings, several still tasty, others having lost their freshness. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
According to George Garrett's introduction, the Fellowship of Southern Writers was organized in the 1980s by the late Cleanth Brooks to encourage and recognize Southern writing. This wildly varied compilation of short stories contains works (some quite short) by a long list of luminaries: an oddity, "The Naked Lady," by Madison Smartt Bell, some historical fiction by Shelby Foote and Allan Gurganus, and brief gems by Doris Betts and Fred Chappell. Some of the best pieces are by less familiar names: in searing and heartfelt prose, Lewis Nordan's "Tombstone" describes a man's coming to terms with his teenaged son's suicide many years earlier; every word is carefully chosen. Selections by Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, and William Hoffman are also included in this interesting proof of the vitality of Southern fiction. Like any regional collection, however, it has a prevailing tone but no theme. For regional libraries.--Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A pricey pleasure for readers of southern fiction: 19 stories from the Fellowship of Southern Writers showcasing a variety of talents and styles that rarely fail to engage the reader's appetite for rich tales well-told. The expected concerns are all on display here: race relations, regional history, death, and that sturdy southern interest, women's lot (five of the contributors are female). Shelby Foote, a peerless historian of the Civil War, provides a wonderful 18th-century tale, "The Sacred Mound," about Native American struggle and spirituality. In "Tombstone," Lewis Nordon sketches a transplanted southerner's curious obsession with a native tombstone. Jill McCorkle's "Life Prerecorded" delivers a splendid, journal-style account of a woman's pregnancy and subsequent motherhood. And in one of the strongest selections, Allan Gurganus offers a pair of letters informing a mother of her son's death in the Civil War-one by the son himself. Throughout, there is very little distracting irony, and authorial mannerisms are rarely intrusive; if it is too much to say these are earnest stories, they are for sure earnestly written, with a refreshing purposefulness about them. Even as Madison Smartt Bell starts the collection off in familiar territory-a man awakens hung over in his seedy apartment to shoot at a bedside rat-such moments, in their fluent, easy telling, hardly seem gimmicky. A strong collection from a gathering of accomplished writers who have more than their style to show.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807127841
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Bausch

Richard Bausch is the author of five story collections and nine novels, including Take Me Back, Real Presence, and Hello to the Cannibals. He was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1995.

LSU Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
The Naked Lady 1
Three Ghosts 7
The Encyclopedia Daniel 11
About Loving Women 16
The Sacred Mound 26
Feeling Good, Feeling Fine 40
Reassurance 45
Death and Joy 55
The Secret Garden 68
Sim Denny 82
For Alice to the Fourth Floor 95
Germinating 105
Life Prerecorded 114
Tombstone 133
The Man at the Beach 143
Between the Lines 155
The Everlasting Light 168
Losses 173
Excerpts from the Novel Tehano 191
Contributors 205
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)