West of Phoebe: Short Stories

West of Phoebe: Short Stories

by Lawrence Judson Reynolds


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937907501
Publisher: Rainbow Ridge
Publication date: 04/26/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,290,779
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Judson Reynolds is from Concord, Virginia. He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro writing program in the middle '60s and studied under Peter Taylor. He was a founding editor of the Greensboro Review and has published there and in Cutthroat, Blackbird, Carolina Quarterly, The New Orleans Review, Christopher Street, and Descant. He taught writing workshops at the Virginia Highlands Festival for many years and also taught two semesters of fiction writing at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He lives with his wife, Margaret, in Richmond, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Preface Fred Chappell xiii

Introduction xv

1 The Man with the Gun 1

2 A Family Tree 23

3 My Father's Necktie 43

4 Proceedings 81

5 That Grand Canyon 103

6 The Half-Life of Holidays 127

7 Early Dylan: Five and Ten Cent Women 135

8 Last of the June Apples 165

About the Author 187



Route 460 runs through the mythical village of Phoebe. At least it did when I was young, when these stories were first sketched in my imagination. Since then the highway has been moved and a new bypass has taken its place and a piece of history is lost. No matter. History is not really history. You cannot make history from what little we know. You cannot tell the truth with words.

Yet we keep trying. We try to tell the truth about our past. Where we lived. The heartbreak of our love. The cruelty of our master. The whisper of wind through a field of corn. The scorn of people we thought we knew. The depth of our despair. The vastness of our ego. It’s true that I thought I could find the true story of my father, who died when I was nine years old, if I just uncovered every clue, but the truth is large and stretches from here to there with no beginning and no end. The stories in this book are not meant to be true. I hope they carry some truth in them. They are a part of my history.

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