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Careless weeds : six Texas novellas
Pilkington, William T.
First edition.
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Dallas : Southern Methodist University Press, [1993]

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xvii, 331 pages : portraits ; 24 cm.
Wayfaring strangers / Jane Gilmore Rushing -- Hardship / Margot Fraser -- The sun gone down, darkness be over me / David L. Fleming -- Summer seeds / Clay Reynolds -- Bluebirds / Pat Carr -- Second lieutenants of literature / Thomas Zigal.
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PS558.T4 C36 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Six novellas by outstanding Texas writers present a chronological panorama of the social history of 20th-century Texas. The writers represented are Jane Gilmore Rushing, Margot Fraser, David L. Fleming, Clay Reynolds, Pat Carr, and Thomas Zigal. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Booklist Review

Delving into an oft-neglected and ill-defined genre, Pilkington has chosen six fine examples of the novella. And though they were selected to paint a picture of many parts of Texas through several time periods, that these tales share Texas roots seems secondary to the fact they are simply great stories. In Pat Carr's touching "Bluebirds," a woman struggles between the silent Vietnam vet she is married to and memories of the garrulous one she divorced. Tom Zigal's "Second Lieutenants of Literature" is the hilarious tale of a writer who never quite made it and is struggling to survive on the small-town college lecture circuit. And in the spellbinding "Summer Seeds," notable for a stunningly effective use of dual points of view, Clay Reynolds uses the tale of boys camping to explore how life can suddenly, inexplicably, go horribly wrong. By gathering these Texas tales under one roof, Pilkington has made a fine contribution to our stock of contemporary novellas. ~--David Cline

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pilkington, who co-edited Range Wars: Heated Debates, Sober Reflections, and Other Assessments of Texas Writing , has chosen six talented Texan writers to illustrate the richness of current literary efforts in the Lone Star State and the versatility of the novella form. Although none of these stories breaks new ground in either form or content, each is workmanlike. The stories proceed nicely in chronological order from Jane Gilmore Rushing's Depression-set coming-of-age tale of friendship between two high school girls, through David L. Fleming's rather improbable tale of awakened black pride in the 1950s, and Pat Carr's story of a woman whose two marriages to Vietnam vets have been fraught with very different kinds of trouble. A couple of stories suffer from a certain predictability, but each of the novellas has its own quiet virtues, particularly Carr's cool watchfulness as she gradually reveals the steely resolve that motivates her heroine, and Rushing's generosity of spirit as her narrator grows to understand the rift that separates her from her best friend. The best story, Thomas Zigal's wry tale of a writer's breakdown during one-writer's-conference-too-many, is hilarious with a twist of an ending. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved