The Hankering (A Short Story)
A 9000-Word Short Story
The Hankering (A Short Story) -- Also Read Trouble Down South and Other Stories and Mo' Trouble Down South
Miss Carmelia Faye Lafayette is a tough-as-nails owner of an early 1900’s barrelhouse-turned-sophisticated juke joint called The Hankering in the Deep South of Mississippi. At the Hankering, there's a lot of fighting and a great deal of drinking bootleg whiskey, particularly Miss Carmelia's own homemade Cherry Whiskers. And when it's all said and done, a lot of lovemaking.
Miss Carmelia gives Buford Tee a hard time when he tries to make a play for her affections shortly after the murder of her abusive husband . . . uh, ex-husband, that is. Well, she ain’t having it. She doesn’t want a man that’s only after her . . . (you know what). And she lets him know it in no uncertain terms.