Monday, May 07, 2012
An update on "Kiss Shot"
The book contains four very different stories, which are thematically linked by their setting: the fictional town of Cottonwood, Georgia. Here's a brief synopsis: A devoted maid recalls her employer's death from a brain tumor in How Fanny Got Her House, while a teenage boy comes to terms with his sexuality during an unexpected game of pool in the title story, Kiss Shot. A woman escaping an abusive relationship arrives in New Orleans during a rain storm and wanders into the Clover Grill, which pays homage to Tennessee Williams' This Property Is Condemned. The fourth story, I've Got A Name, takes its title from the Jim Croce song and follows the trials and tribulations of an overweight woman looking for love while volunteering at a community theater company.
At least one of these stories is 20 years old, which boggles my mind. The other three were written in the mid-90s, before Conquering Venus and Remain In Light, so they have a decidedly different tone. I am, after all, a product of the South, so this is me tapping into that deep vein of Southern Gothic. I can't wait for you to meet the inhabitants of Cottonwood.