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[E–pub] More of This World or Maybe Another BY Barb Johnson

  • Paperback
  • 208
  • More of This World or Maybe Another
  • Barb Johnson
  • English
  • 24 June 2019
  • 9780061732270

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More of This World or Maybe Another Summary Ë 100 And Dooley who drives a forklift for a living but dreams of a career in music that's been put on ice after a tragic accident Pudge an alcoholic who survived a cruel childhood with an abusive father now hides from his own son Luis; and Luis raised without a father concocts a suitable end for his mother's horrible boyfriend Determined to save both Pudge and his son from an unhappy e. This is a very intimate and loving collection of short stories centered around the families that live near Bubbles Laundromat in Gremilion Louisiana a suburb of New Orleans Major themes of weather water and racism take a backseat in these tales and Barb Johnson reveals the inner lives of her characters with spare and at the same time lyrical language Matriarchs of the community Big Luce and Aunt Alma who own the laundromat hover in the background in these tales while the younger generations male and female struggle to find their way among the minefields of alcoholism crime and drug addiction mental illness sexual abuse and family tragedies At the calm center are Delia from the neighborhood and Maggie a bohemian transplant who run the laundromat and create a family with one another and whose love is a sustaining force in the neighborhood

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More of This World or Maybe Another Summary Ë 100 Nd Johnson's cast of characters huddles together at the local laundromat schemingJohnson's stories are sweet messy and heart rending As we watch her characters through her wide angle lens she makes us believe that life is worth living even when the circumstances say otherwise Irresistible and perfect More of This World or Maybe Another introduces an original voice in American ficti. One of the best books I ve read all year Two of the best stories I ve ever read

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More of This World or Maybe Another Summary Ë 100 From the backstreets of New Orleans to the rural Gulf Coast this is the territory Johnson mines so unforgettably in her debut story collection Filled with humor and pathos with the nearness and danger of life on the edge these stories chart the anxious inner moments of four related charactersJohnson introduces the teenage Delia in the midst of working up the nerve for a first kiss;. 4 and 12 starsIn the tradition of Anderson s Winesburg Ohio or Joyce s Dubliners or a recent example Elizabeth s Strout s Olive Kitteridge this short story collection is linked by setting character and theme all strong elements here Two of the stories If the Holy Spirit Comes For You and Titty Baby are well nigh perfect breaking my heart as I read them so much so that I almost had to look away from the page as I got to each ending The main character in each is a young boy you see both in other stories as grown men adding to the poignancy of what they ve gone through and will go through and the tone and thoughts of each is so right that I am in awe of Johnson s ability to inhabit each character as she doesIn two other stories dealing with different children there is a startling element in each gritty and realistic without being exploitative The last line of the last story is perfect Barb Johnson s people are survivors A uote from The Invitation the only story written in the first person There s real trouble in the world The kind that can t be fixed The kind we lie awake keeping vigil against Love is not trouble It s all we have to light our days to bring music to the time we ve been given