Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers….the place to be when you’re hungry for a good read. Speaking of hungry, you know what I JUST realized last night? Thanksgiving Day is THIS Thursday. Yep. THIS Thursday. O-O Can someone please tell me where the month of November, let alone 2011 went exactly because I don’t know about you, but it left me without a forwarding address. Seriously! It’s really flown by… *shakes head*. Anywho…back on track here…
Today’s featured title sounds like a cross between a cookbook and a cannibalistic memoir, title wise…but content wise? It’s all down home Southern goodness. The stories vary as does the content, so get ready because you’re in for a mixed and bumpy ride. Today’s book of choice is….
See what I mean about the title? Now when I first read that, I simply thought…okay, what does that mean exactly? The author was kind enough to include a definition of sorts in the opening pages and after reading it, I determined something….though I’ve lived in the South the better part of my life, by the definition given, I am NOT a “southern fried woman”. My family may not agree with my dreams, but they’d never laugh at them, unless truly funny; you know, like a car filled with clowns being chased by a giant rooster….or something. If they did laugh about them, then yeah….I’d be “boiling over” all night, who wouldn’t? There are however aspects of these diverse women that I CAN relate to…as I’m certain you might as well. To quote from the book….
She’s any woman brave enough to start over again, darlin’, never gives up her dream, wherever she decides home is.
Well said….which leads me right to the content of the book. Each story features a cast of strong southern women facing the trials of life the best way they know how….head on. They don’t shy away from their circumstances no matter how rough and they’re not afraid to get down and dirty if need be. There’s also a dusting of the religious high road that many in the self proclaimed “Bible belt” take to heart but it’s purely meant to show that by the grace of the powers that be, all things can be overcome. Take “Vernal Paskins, Mobile Home Queen”…our leading lady is having a hard time on life what with having to raise her daughter’s child and a severe lack of funds, but a chance (or fated?) meeting with a traveling preachers wife leads to unexpected fortune both monetarily and spiritually.
Now, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses for me, despite all I’ve just relayed. There were two stories in fact that no matter how I tried, I just could not get into for the life of me, but you know that’s the beauty of short story collections. There are times when you fall in love with the whole lot and times where the love is few and far between. I’d say the odds presented here, two out of nine, are pretty good as a whole making this a collection I happily count among the “read”.
Review copy courtesy of Julie at Satya House Publications. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as their complete catalog, be sure to visit their official website. This book is on sale now so it should be readily available at a bookstore near you…and dare I suggest, it may even make a great gift addition to your holiday shopping list for a any “southern fried” women you may be acquainted with. ^_^
Until next time…happy reading!