Spit Baths

With a reporter s eye for the inside story and a historian s grasp of the ironies in our collective past, Greg Downs affectionately observes some of the last survivors of what Greil Marcus has called the old, weird America Living off the map and out of sight, folks like Embee, Rudy, Peg, and Branch define themselves by where they are, not by what they eat, drink, or wear.With a reporter s eye for the inside story and a historian s grasp of the ironies in our collective past, Greg Downs affectionately observes some of the last survivors of what Greil Marcus has called the old, weird America Living off the map and out of sight, folks like Embee, Rudy, Peg, and Branch define themselves by where they are, not by what they eat, drink, or wear.The man who is soon to abandon his family in Ain t I a King, Too is mistaken for the populist autocrat of Louisiana, Huey P Long on the day after Long s assassination In Hope Chests, a history teacher marries his student and takes her away from a place she hated, only to find that neither one of them can fully leave it behind An elderly man in Snack Cakes enlists his grandson to help distribute his belongings among his many ex wives, living and dead In the title story, another intergenerational family tale, a young boy is caught in a feud between his mother and grandmother The older woman uses the language of baseball to convey her view of religion and nobility to her grandson before the boy s mother takes him away, maybe forever.Caught up in pasts both personal and epic, Downs s characters struggle to maintain their peculiar, grounded manners in an increasingly detached world.
Spit Baths With a reporter s eye for the inside story and a historian s grasp of the ironies in our collective past Greg Downs affectionately observes some of the last survivors of what Greil Marcus has called

  • Title: Spit Baths
  • Author: Greg Downs
  • ISBN: 9780820328461
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Spit Baths”

    1. Wow. What a great first book. It's no surprise Greg won the Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction. While it's been a number of years since I last read a Flannery O'Connor story, Downs's writing reminds me exactly of O'Connor at at her best. Greg has an amazing ability to create characters that are interesting and that you care about. And he does it with just a few pages; some best selling authors can't do with 300+ page novels. The stories are not mysteries but they suspenseful. I greatly en [...]

    2. quirky, broken, splintered, covered in weeds and weirds and reeking of Apple pie. American classic.

    3. This Flannery O'Connor Award winning collection is well-crafted, full of traditional literary fiction horsepower--metaphors, symbolism, allegory--plus it artistically renders and comments on racial themes while only occasionally slipping into a moralistic point of view. It's the kind of collection that I know I'm supposed to like, and although I can admire much of the literary technique employed, the stories just didn't resonate or excite enough to make me a raving fan. Maybe the techniques are [...]

    4. . This is a short story collection. The stories are told almost entirely in scene. There are a mix of narrators: 1st, 3rd limited, 3rd omniscient. Topics vary, but often concern racial issues, especially mixed marriages or lovers. Lots of dysfunctional characters and relationships. I saw flaws, but it’s basically good writing. I’m not sure I’d read it again.

    5. Yuk. How does this guy's mind work? You know how your friend wants to tell you about a dream he had, and it makes no sense and has no connection to reality and you really couldn't give a crap? Well, not only is there an account of a guy's stupid dream, but the whole book reads pretty similar. This book taught me nothing, except that people from Kentucky are unpleasant and weird.

    6. I'm glad I got this one from the library because I'd be mad if I paid for it :). The stories weren't "bad" but I just didn't find too much that resonated with me. There are only instances in certain stories that I remember rather than the entire stories. I give it a big Meh

    7. This Award-winning short story collection is highly overrated in my opinion. There were only a few stories that I connected with.

    8. Interesting, never have been so hot with short stories but these are unlike anything I've ever read before. I don't know if I like it. However I love the cover and the chapter title fonts.

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