Seven writers unite to pen a collection of heartwarming and sometimes startling stories about families of all kinds. Their literary journey transitions from the simple life of a farmer to a divorced city dweller. With diversity in age, life experiences, and birthplaces, these award-winning writers create vivid characters and plot twists to interest everyone’s taste for a well-spun tale.
“An entertaining varietycollection of shorts..definitley a worthwhile and fun read…left me wanting more! Laura Hollingsworth, President and Publisher The Tennessean
“What the hell!” That’s what Aunt Nora would say, “She wasn’t really my aunt; she was my grandfather’s niece, but we called her Aunt Nora just the same—it’s a Southern thing, and you either already understood it or you never would. She was born in 1892. In a way, her birth was premature—if she’d waited forty years, she could have championed the women’s movement.
I remember her first when I was ten. She was angular and had sharp features; her hair was sandy one day and graying the next. She smoked Tareytons and probably wore too much rouge. I thought the cigarette’s magazine advertisement of people sporting a black eye and saying, “I’d rather fight than switch,” pretty much described Aunt Nora.
She visited us each summer. Her black Chevrolet coupe turned off the cinder road and came up our narrow gravel driveway at forty miles per hour. That was the same speed she drove on the highway. Aunt Nora was horrified by our rural roads and by the Alvin C. York Memorial Bridge at Perryville. She feared the county roads because “a person can’t tell if anyone is coming around a curve.” She found the mile-long bridge intimidating because it was so high over the river, and its steel superstructure made her claustrophobic. Her theory: the less time you spent on the road or crossing the bridge, the longer you’d live.”