Town Smokes

Town Smokes

by Pinckney Benedict



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Town Smokes by Pinckney Benedict

The debut collection by one of our foremost younger fiction writers, reissued in a new trade paperback format and design. A widely hailed first collection of stories set mostly in the rural South.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749395568
Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 4.96(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

The Sutton Pie Safe1
All the Dead33
Fat Tuesday119
Water Witch131
Town Smokes149

What People are Saying About This

Joyce Carol Oates

Town Smokes introduces a young writer of exceptional gifts and promise. The stories are funny and horrific by turns, poignant, painful, beautifully modulated—storytelling at its best.

Russell Banks

Beware the wise who are young and gifted. The quickly become irreplaceable. And with these first stories Pinckney Benedict, who is not merely precocious, shows convincingly that he is one of them.

Mary Morris

In these nine stories of pit-dog fighting and crawdad cooking, where giant pigs live in sinkholes and bible pages are used for cigarette rolling, Pinckney Benedict depicts a South that is odd and idiosyncratic. Emerging from the harsh realities of difficult lives, these stories do not spare us the violence of love or the love of violence….Benedict's voice is unique; it is meant to be listened to.

George Garrett

These are intelligent and fully imagined stories, and...Benedict clearly has an amazing gift, a dazzling future.

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