Monday, October 22, 2007

Mason Jars in the Flood

I just got hold of a new book of short stories: Mason Jars in the Flood and Other Stories (by Gary Carden). I've read quite a few of the stories in just the few days I've had the book. It's an easy read. The stories are very homey ~ just what you'd like ~ no pretense. They bill the author as a Southern Garrison Keillor, and that's an apt description. The stories are nostalgic without being overly sentimental, and you really get the flavor of Southern speech. By that, I don't mean dialect ~ you don't stumble over the words. There are times when he uses a homonym in place of the actual term, and that might throw off someone from out of town... he uses it in a casual way, to simulate the dialect ~ not in error (or so I presume).

The names alone gave me an old-home feeling: Sizemore, Ridley, Hoyt... and the nicknames are a treat. If you grew up among gossiping old grannys who have a strange, dark outlook on life and dignified, wiry old men in overalls, or fellows named "Bubba" and "Boone," this book will take you right back home...


Susan said...

This book sounds great - I just read "Pontoon" by Keillor and loved it. Thanks for the review, I will have to look for it.

ET said...

Thanks for the review. I'll look for it.
I bought two Garrison Keillor books at a library book sale - and the first one I just could not get into. I read a few chapters about GK being a waiter at Lake Begone or whatever - it was good, but it just didn't demand me to keep reading.
I think I have a short attention span.