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Mason Jars in the Flood: And Other Stories

Carden, Gary N.

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ISBN 10: 1887905227 / ISBN 13: 9781887905220
Published by Parkway Publishers, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by Author 1887905227 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. No jacket, as issued. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. The author has also drawn a well executed picture of a floating mason jar with a note inside bearing the authors name. Bookseller Inventory # 003603

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Title: Mason Jars in the Flood: And Other Stories

Publisher: Parkway Publishers

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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In 1940, when Gary Carden was six years old, a flash flood Struck the isolated mountain cove where he lived. Watching the flood rage through his grandparents' front yard, Gary got an idea. He hauled his Grandmother's canning jars out on the porch and proceeded to write notes which he stuffed in the jars. "Hello," the notes said, "Come and play with me!" He gave his name and address, signed each note, screwed the lids on and threw the Mason jars into the rushing stream. He watched them rush away amid the hog pens, outhouses and dead chickens, confident that he would find a playmate. He watched the little dirt trail into the cove for weeks, hoping that someone would arrive with one of those jars-someone to talk to.

Now, sixty years later, Gary has written a book that uses the '40s flood as an analogy. "My short stories are like those Mason jars," he says. "I'm still sending out messages out of this cove, hoping to communicate." Gary's cove has changed. There is now a paved road with a center line and lots of traffic. Now, Gary spends each summer telling stories at festivals, eldershostels and civic clubs. He talks about summer nights on the front porch listening to his Granny talk as she strings beans...vivid stories about drowned babies, mountain "painters," and Gary's father, "Happy," the mountain musician who was murdered when Gary was two years old. There are tales about eccentric uncles, Saturday westerns, Lash La Rue, Thomas Wolfe and Gary's imaginary playmate, Audie Murphy; there are bizarre neighbors, childhood sweethearts, unsolved murders, and much, much more.

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Mason Jars in the Flood is the written version of the stories I have heard all my life. My purpose is to write the stories down in a way that retains some of the magic and excitement I felt when I heard or experienced them. I tried to master the mysteries of the written word and Parkway Publishers, Inc. has packaged the whole thing in a book which will now be sent off to the bookstores and mountain coves of western North Carolina--much like the dozens of Mason jars I cast into a flooded creek sixty years ago.

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