From Tickfaw to Shongaloo is a comic Southern tale told in the first person by Raylene, a local gossip in little Stokely, Louisiana. Bert Dilly the postmaster (we learn), has been spreading town gossip (like everyone else), fueled by his habit of being a little too involved with the local mail (opened or not). A disgruntled maiden lady writes a scathing letter of complaint, which is reported to the state postmaster, and Bert’s brother, J.T., accuses Bert of mental incompetence (he wants the family land). Bert is replaced until the charges can be taken up by a federal court in Baton Rouge. Most of the town rallies around Bert, but the hearing devolves into a kangaroo court, turning citizens against each other, egged on by a crooked lawyer who crumbles when the whole matter blows up in his face, through his own arrogance and ignorance of certain facts (crazy as they were). After three days of ridiculous testimony and unreliable evidence, the judge must make his landmark decision about Bert, the mail, and gossip in Stokeley, Louisianawhere the townsfolk can hardly wait to exchange their own versions of the honest truth.
|Publisher:||Southeast Missouri State Univ Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
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This novella has enough eccentrics to start five freak shows, a very nosy postmaster, a town that rallies to defend their crazies, and three days of testimony in a Baton Rouge courthouse meant to keep everybody in one small town in everyone else’s business until the end of time. Good writing and quirky characters. Moira Crone, author of The Not Yet and What Gets Into Us Dixon Hearne has taken up the estimable mantle of Southern comic writers that stretches back to George Washington Harris and Mark Twain. Digressions are the sunshine of this hilarious novella, and you’ll be reminded of Eudora Welty and Laurence Sterne. I haven’t laughed so hard since A Confederacy of Dunces. John Dufresne, Louisiana Power & Light Dixon Hearne gives us “From Tickfaw to Shongaloo” and a narrator who lets loose a memorable torrent of small town gossip and innuendo that will make your head spin. Jill McCorkle, Life After Life and Going Away Shoes With From Tickfaw to Shongaloo Dixon Hearne presents a literary farce sung to us in a hilarious, yet authentic, voice. There are eccentric characters by the bus-full in this novella, and that makes for one wild and sidesplitting ride.Skip Horack, author of The Other Joseph, The Eden Hunter, and The Southern Cross
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Reviewed by Gretchen Jawurek for Readers' Favorite If you have ever lived in a small town or have relatives that live in a small town, you will really relate to From Tickfaw to Shongaloo by Dixon Hearne. Remember those trips you would take to visit an aunt or grandma who would regale you with one story after another of their friends or relatives. This book is like listening to them all over again. You are the one that the town gossip is talking to and you are having to follow the story of the latest shenanigans of Bert, who works at the Post Office, then how he gets himself into trouble, and how the whole town comes together to help save him. From Tickfaw to Shongaloo is all about gossip and how gossip can get people, and the “gossiper” into trouble. It reads like one of those detective stories that has a case they are working on and then they find out that the case is based on gossip. In From Tickfaw to Shongaloo there are quirky characters and crazy fun! Raylene is your narrator who knows everyone and is possibly related to half of them, and she also knows everyone’s back story. Raylene takes you on a journey through the town’s history and the latest event that takes the whole town to court to save Post Officer Bert. Not only do you learn what gossip can do, but the book also gives you insight into different cultures that make up society. And gossip or not, quirky characters, crazy characters, the good and the not so good ... you would not have a town without them.