The Purchase of Order

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In the cadence of a Texas drawl or the whisper of a midday kiss, these stories by Gail Galloway Adams capture untidy lives in which the pain of living is confounded with a grin. From the yoga instructor with her Earthshoes and mantras to the Texas aunt who wills herself insane, the characters in Adams's stories boldly face the sorrows and strains of everyday life, seeking relief in humor and redemption in words. The Purchase of Order depicts characters from Germany to Georgia, men and women attempting to find ...
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In the cadence of a Texas drawl or the whisper of a midday kiss, these stories by Gail Galloway Adams capture untidy lives in which the pain of living is confounded with a grin. From the yoga instructor with her Earthshoes and mantras to the Texas aunt who wills herself insane, the characters in Adams's stories boldly face the sorrows and strains of everyday life, seeking relief in humor and redemption in words. The Purchase of Order depicts characters from Germany to Georgia, men and women attempting to find meaning within memory, who take joy in giving of themselves.

In the cadence of a Texas drawl or the whisper of a midday kiss, these stories capture untidy lives in which the pain of living is confounded with a grin. The Purchase of Order depicts characters from Germany to Georgia, men and women attempting to find meaning within memory, who take joy in giving of themselves.

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"If there is a heaven, I'm sure Flannery O'Connor is in it, and if she's looking down on Gail Galloway Adams right now, I'm sure she's pleased."—Susan Wood, Washington Post

"Adams possesses the ability to convey the poignancy and drama found even in everyday things. . . . Each story is told with an enthralling mixture of sadness and wit."—Southern Living

"A deeply felt, solidly written book."—Chicago Tribune

"Ranging widely over the lives of authentic men and women and their idiosyncracies, these tales are impressive models of the storytelling art."—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The most recent winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, this collection is redolent with regional flavor. In the title story, we meet the Maxeys, a Southern couple who have come a long way from the hardscrabble early days of their marriageraising children in a trailer court, finding a friend in a goodnatured, somewhat slatternly neighbor who enjoyed the labor of raking a dirt yard. Now, better off, settled into a middle-class existence, they travel the country in their RV with no fixed destination, only a longing to meet up with the old friend they moved up and away from. ``Marva Jean Howard Confesses'' introduces a likable, fast-talking waitress who confesses she ``murdered'' a cow, and in the process of telling wins the amorous admiration of her law officer listener; ``he'd fallen in love with the way she emptied ketchup bottles.'' ``Inside Dope'' is an unusual love story, featuring a know-everything womanizer, Billy Lee Boaz,``only he's called Bisher,'' says an adoring little ex-sister-in-law. Ranging widely over the lives of authentic men and women and their idiosyncrasies, these 11 tales are impressive models of the storytelling art. (October)
Steven Worth
"If there is a heaven, I'm sure Flannery O'Connor is in it, and if she's looking down on Gail Galloway-Adams right now, I'm sure she's please." -- Washington Post
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Meet the Author


Gail Galloway Adams is a professor of English and creative writing at West Virginia University and was recently recognized as a professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation. She resides in Morgantown, West Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Inside Dope 1
Marva Jean Howard Confesses 15
Doing Yoga 30
A Small Hotel 38
La Plume de Ma Tante 58
The Purchase of Order 67
Alice Remembers 88
The Christmas House 96
Bow Wow and Good-bye 109
Houdini's Wife 126
A Teller's Tale 139
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