New Book of Southern Tales Has Ornery Wisdom from Author & Canine Friend
There are certain truths that are universal, and then there are regional truths of great validity. Deep Fried Southern Tales are among those with impeccable veracity and are so compelling one can even share them with their best canine friend. In this instance it is shared to a large Labrador retriever whose moniker is Mr. Grady (a.k.a. Mr. Gravy), author A. Everette James, Jr.'s confessor, confidant, even spiritual taste-tester and wise sage. James (and Mr. Grady) sizzle with homespun wisdom, with the phonetic, spiritual complexity of southern humor as it is commonly heard in favorite watering holes.
These tales are largely related in the Southern vernacular, a universally known regional form of communication that is understood and appreciated by most of the realm. The subjects and stories are neither profound nor profane-just interesting flashes of everyday life in a rural construct. Sometimes the protagonist talks directly to Mr. Gravy while others he speaks to hear the sound of his own voice. Often, the narrative has a sly, dry, sidesplitting sense of humor. These tales are a dose of ever-lovin' sunshine on a morning when one is overcome - from an assured pair of hands adept at spritzing the human spirit awake with cold water.
Each tale stands on its own. Thus the reader has a broad-spectrum selection opportunity to choose any sequence they wish. They all have Mr. Grady's imprimatur. Among many qualifications, he has been to obedience school. James trusts his friend's nose with his life, as long as it is not sniffing a juicy bone. Down home, deep fried, southern as mint julep, the tales resonate with a compassion that takes the voice of the critical reformer with the ornery wisdom of someone who has seen many things and lived to tell the tale.
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About the Author
Everette James grew up in rural Eastern North Carolina. His family made a living as tobacco farmers, warehousemen, and even owned a small tobacco "redrying" plant. Dr. James graduated with honors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke Medical School. He did his residency at Harvard, attended Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and taught in medical schools for thirty years. Moving back to rural North Carolina he changed from writing medical texts to nonmedical fiction and nonfiction. Dr. James has produced three novels, two texts of nonfiction and a book of short stories. This short story compilation is a result of observation and experiencing the culture of the rural South.
Deep Fried Southern Tales * by A. Everette James Jr.
Publication Date: February 7, 2013
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