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The stories are varied, and each has a flair and life all its own.
You have Earl, Loomis, and Jimmy walking through the fields to go fishing one summer afternoon and something in the sky gets their attention. The next thing they know it's hours later and they've never made it to the pond. They all swear to never tell that they may have been abducted, but Jimmy gets depressed and just has to tell someone--the sheriff.
Then there's Dean, a man who saves the weekly allowance he gets from his aunt for beer money while he writes the next great American novel. Dean gets involved with his neighbor, Jacques, who lost his wooden leg in a poker game to some mob characters, and the interest on the $30 to get his leg back keeps going up every day. Dean and Jacques' girlfriend go on a mission to sell blood, bet on greyhounds, and do anything to get enough money and courage to get Jacques' leg back from Eddie and Rocco.
A young couple go to Key West to visit family in a trailer park and, after smoking a lot of dope and drinking, they decide to go to the quarry to feed an alligator their left over supper.
You don't want any of the stories to end; but when they do, you have to read the next one.
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An aspiring writer of horror fiction in New Orleans helps a woman ransom her boyfriend's stolen prosthesis. Two children living in a homeless shelter at Christmas keep their fears at bay by playing poker. A sheriff hires a lonely old man to pull the switch on a murderer condemned to die in the electric chair. A fireman struggles to make sense out of his experience with alien abduction. These are some of the misfits, rogues, and dreamers who inhabit Stephen March's fictional world. The characters in Tell Him You Saw Me do not live in mainstream America; they are denizens of the swamps, back roads, red clay fields, mountains and gritty, urban wastelands of the Deep South--people who often find themselves at the crossroads of loss and redemption. And as their journeys unfold, they encounter puzzlement, heartache, and rare moments of grace with honesty and a stubborn will to survive. These are characters who "are forced to invent salvation for themselves," in the words of Fred Chappell, describing March's work, "and they must achieve it however they can."About the Author:
Stephen March is a novelist, short story writer, and songwriter whose work is set in the American South. His published books include Armadillo, a novella; Love to the Spirits, a short story collection; Catbird. His novels include Hatteras Moon, published in 2013, Strangers in the Land of Egypt, a novel published in May, 2009 by Permanent Press (New York). Armadillo won the Texas Review Press Prize in the Novella. Love to the Spirits won the Independent Publisher Award for Short Fiction 2005, and Catbird was chosen as a Book Sense Notable by the American Booksellers Association.
March's short stories have been widely published in literary magazines such as the New Orleans Review, Carolina Quarterly, Rio Grande Review, Tampa Review, Seattle Review, and Appalachian Heritage. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Greensboro.
March has released two CDs, Blue Moon Diner and Twister. He also writes a weekly column for the Elizabeth City Daily Advance.
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Book Description River City Publishing, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: Collectible: Very Good. Signed and dated by author on the title page. Dust jacket has light shelf wear. Corners and edges lightly rubbed. Clean text. A percentage of the proceeds of this sale benefits a nonprofit organization. Please feel free to inquire for more details. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 140822006