Uke Rivers Delivers: Stories
In the best tradition of southern storytelling, Uke Rivers Delivers features raconteurs as beguiling as the tales they tell. These lyrical, darkly humorous monologues portray a range of denizens of the American South desperately trying to come to grips with their inherited pasts. A Confederate reenactor receives a message from the beyond to lay to rest the remains of Stonewall Jackson's horse. A docent at Washington and Lee University's Lee Chapel offers prim instruction on the facts and legends about "the General" with both reverence and irony. The young son of a lewd, alcoholic, self-dubbed evangelist acquires the wits-and the will-for survival by protecting the family's sunflower crops. A midget ukulele virtuoso is so surprised by his own eruption into violence that he can attribute it only to genetics. One of Jeff Davis's fellow cross-dressers; the killer of John Wilkes Booth; a Rebel deserter whose superior exacts his pound of flesh-all these characters and more, through their twisted and torn vernaculars, seek understanding and revival in R. T. Smith's superb collection.
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UKE RIVERS DELIVERS: StoriesUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Fifteen stories rooted in Southern history, from a prizewinning poet.Smith, editor of Shenandoah, has an ear for the Southern vernacular and a fondness for eccentric—if not grotesque—characters. All ... Read full review
Uke rivers delivers: storiesUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Stunning in its originality and offbeat characters, this collection includes 15 micro-stories, many just a few pages long, that explore Southern culture and experience through a carnival mirror. Smith ... Read full review