The Shaman's Daughter: Appalachian Mountain Stories

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iUniverse, 2005 - Fiction - 160 pages
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A collection of stories from the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, The Shaman's Daughter touches on everything from baptisms and funerals to love and hate-no subject is off limits. You can practically hear the Southern accent of the characters, as author David S. Rains provides an uncensored look into his life. And the hilarity ensues, whether it's Mama hitting a neighbor over the head with an old wagon axle, David visiting his first whorehouse, or Mike blowing up his grandmother while trying to cure a dog of mange. The darkly comical stories in The Shaman's Daughter will have you laughing until you cry!

The dog was running in larger and larger circles as the fuse burned shorter and shorter. Suddenly old Sarge turned and made a beeline for the house, to get under the porch where he always slept.
"He's going to the house, he's going to get under the porch. Good Lord almighty, Granny is on the porch by herself. Good God! Granny, Granny, get away." Mike screamed as loud as he could holler.
Granny, of course, couldn't hear anything, and especially from so far away. Plus, she was tied up. Granny just kept rocking, and talking to herself.

-from the short story "Granny and Old Sarge"


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About the author (2005)

Rains is an arbitrator/mediator in Charlotte, NC. He is a volunteer worker for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and serves on several boards of Foundations devoted to helping terminally ill children.

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