The Half-Mammals of Dixie

The Half-Mammals of Dixie

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This second collection of short stories by a bright star in Southern fiction showcases a town so tiny it missed the map, the gleefully off-the-wall Southerners who refuse to be pigeonholed, and a South far removed from big-city Atlanta and proper Charleston. As the author says of his characters, "They're regular people just trying to get by." Among them: a boy whose reputation is ruined when he appears in a head-lice documentary; a lovelorn father who woos his third-grader's teacher with creative show-and-tells; and a former pharmaceuticals salesman who waits for the word of God to tell him what to paint on next the "primitive" canvases he sells for big bucks to an art dealer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 136.4 x 209.8 x 23.1mm | 294.84g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156028581
  • 9780156028585
  • 2,195,043

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A BOOK MAGAZINE Best Short Story Collection of the Year
In a South far removed from big-city Atlanta and proper Charleston is a town so tiny it missed the map: Forty-Five, South Carolina. Here a boy's reputation is ruined forever when he stars in an educational documentary about head lice; a former pharmaceuticals salesman waits for the word of God to tell him what to paint; a single dad woos a teacher with the show-and-tell objects he sends to school with his son; and motivational speakers, aquarium salesmen, flea-market shoppers, and palm readers mingle with hilarious results.
Overlooked, underappreciated, and funnier than a potbellied pig on a leash, the residents of Forty-Five are utterly impossible to forget.
"Relentlessly offbeat . . . A disturbingly askew-at times, downright surreal-vision of the South."-Entertainment Weekly
"Singleton's voice comes off like that of a brilliant barfly, who occasionally suffers from the clairvoyance of madness."-The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
"Sly, intelligent, hilarious."-The Charlotte Observer
George Singleton has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Playboy, and Zoetrope. The author of the short-story collection These People Are Us, he teaches writing at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities and lives in Pickens County, South Carolina.
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"ÝA¨ marvelously skewed and skewering collection of stories ... a book by turns raucous and enigmatic, and by and large inspired and inventive." --"The San-Diego Union Tribune"
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2 6% (19)
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