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New PDF release: A Clear View of the Southern Sky: Stories (Story River

By Mary Hood,Pat Conroy

a transparent View of the Southern Sky unearths ladies within the twenty-first century doing what girls have continuously performed in pursuit of existence, liberty, and happiness. In all of the ten stories from southern storyteller Mary Hood, ladies have come—by conditions and choice—to the very fringe of their recognized worlds. a few locate braveness to winnow and stream on; others search the endurance to possibility and to stick. alongside the best way hearts, bonds, velocity limits, fingernails, and the 10 Commandments get damaged. dirt settles, yet those ladies do not.

In the name tale, a satellite tv for pc dish corporation grants that happiness—or a minimum of entry to its programming—requires only a television and a transparent view of the southern sky. the quick tale itself finds the adventure of a Hispanic girl whose project is to assassinate a mass assassin, an schedule brought on by means of post-traumatic tension wrought via seeing the murderer’s cynical grin on a information application. We stick with her into the shadow of a huge satellite tv for pc dish on a roof around the road from the courthouse and eventually right into a women’s legal English-as-Second-Language category the place she needs to confront her existence. She has slept yet by no means dreamed, and now she wakes . . .

In different tales Hood introduces us to a kindergarten instructor, surprised by means of a student’s blurted-out query, as she discovers her private vocation and the secret of its resource. We meet a widow who befriends a tender neighbor, basically to achieve they have to preserve secrets and techniques from one another and carry speedy to their wish. a lady trucker discovers the intensity of her love as she imagines her mobile phone calls—and her sweetheart’s personal messages—winging their approach, tower to tower, alongside her interstate course. tales take care of one guy and of his better halves and the way they research the teachings in basic terms love can train in regards to the succeed in and boundaries of possession and ceaselessly. the gathering concludes with the novella “Seambusters,” during which a various solid of girls employees in a rural Georgia mill stitch camouflage for U.S. squaddies in Afghanistan. the ladies are a part of a bigger function, they usually understand it. while the shadow of dying passes over the manufacturing facility, every one girl and the total neighborhood discover what it quite capacity to have American Pride.

New York occasions best-selling author and tale River Books editor at huge Pat Conroy offers a foreword to the collection.

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