A displaced young woman contemplates the difference between the madness of a Klan meeting and a mob of escaped asylum inmates. A rancher's son seeks to flee a hardscrabble Texas life via a football scholarship. A cookbook author perfects her latest recipe by giving new meaning to the phrase "made with love." An aging farmer meddles in voodoo. A computer designer plans an elaborate, digitally fabricated hoax. And looming over all is the ghost of Alabama's greatest football coach... This controversial collection, infamously pulped by its initial publisher, is now resurrected. The nine original stories--praised in national reviews--are presented as they were initially intended by the author, and are augmented by one previously unpublished tale. Also included: an introduction by Vice (explaining for the first time his side of the imbroglio surrounding the 2005 hardcover edition), and contextual commentary by other authors and scholars. Ultimately, however, readers will judge this book by its primary powers: the strength and integrity of the storytelling--vibrant, exciting, and, finally, original.
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Brad Vice's writing has appeared in the Georgia Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the Southern Review, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, and Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe, Volume III. Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Vice now divides his time between Starkville, Mississippi, and Pilsen in the Czech Republic.From Publishers Weekly:
The nine stories in this debut collection, set mostly in a well-drawn rural South, gorgeously examine loneliness and its companion, longing. Vice has a gift for making the extraordinary plausible, for rendering complex motivations in spare but metaphoric language and searing details. In the opening story, "Tuscaloosa Knights," a lonely young academic wife finds uneasy comfort in the arms of her husband's buddy-cum-fixer on a night when the Klan holds a cross-burning and escapees from a state asylum flee past them in their own white robes. "Chickensnake" depicts a disastrous day on a farm through the eyes of a boy working with his father, while "Mule" concerns a retired vice principal's discovery that he's competing with his wife's deceased first husband in a way he hadn't expected. In "Report from Junction," perhaps the strongest and most terrifying story, a rancher's son is buoyed by hope—and tangled in fear—at the thought of escaping a brutally demanding ranch life through a football scholarship under University of Alabama football icon Bear Bryant. The title story is a surprising tale of corporate espionage in some future time, grounded in the mythos of Bear Bryant, which ends this rich collection on a strange and fitting note of triumph. (Oct.)
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Book Description University of Georgia Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11082032745X