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Texas 5X5: Twenty-Five Stories from Texas

Texas 5X5: Twenty-Five Stories from Texas


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This volume consists of twenty-five stories, five each by five Texas writers. Except for the five points of the Texas Lone Star, there’s nothing particularly Texan about the number five—nor the number twenty-five—yet the stories whole-heartedly represent many facets of Texas. In fact, it doesn’t get more Texas than this. Or more fittingly, I might say it don’t get more Texas.

The stories in Texas 5X5 offer both traditional themes and ideas and subjects that are pure Texan. These stories accomplish what solid fiction should in offering thoughts about the more profound ideas we ponder: love, life, death—all told among cowboy-boot kickers and topped with a Stetson.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622880584
Publisher: Stephen F. Austin University Press
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

LAURIE CHAMPION is professor of English at San Diego State University, where she teaches writing and literature courses. She has published many scholarly essays, short stories, personal essays, and reviews in books and in distinguished journals such as Southern Quarterly, Texas Review, and American Literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction Laurie Champion 7

Fingers Andrew Geyer 15

What I Want You to Know Terry Dalrymple 37

Stone Salvation Barn Jerry Craven 45

Gentrification Jan Seale 57

The Weight of Grief Kristin vanNamen 61

Trust Jesus Andrew Geyer 73

Murdering an Angel Jerry Craven 79

The Sexual Exploits and Eventual Disappearance of Cole Walker, Brilliant Bio-Technologist Terry Dalrymple 89

Just a Man Jan Seale 103

Winter Ice and the Mexican Kristin vanNamen 109

Second Coming Andrew Geyer 123

Brenda Without Skin Jerry Craven 135

Brenda with Skin Terry Dalrymple 143

Searching the Scripture Jan Seale 155

No Amount of Shame Kristin vanNamen 165

Circus Terry Dalrymple 175

Spider Lilies Jan Seale 183

Sorrow Causes Crazy Kristin vanNamen 189

Things Roman Andrew Geyer 201

Canoeing the Hill Country Jerry Craven 209

The Boy Terry Dalrymple 221

Mineral Spirits Andrew Geyer 225

Burying Juliana Jerry Craven 237

The Birdhouse Jan Seale 245

Birth Kristin vanNamen 255

Notes 267

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