Swallowing the Past:

Scenes from the Postmodern South

978-1-933896-60-1 Paperback
5.5 x 8.5 x 0.45 in
160 pp.
Pub Date: 10/17/2011


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Swallowing the Past is a prose collection about ordinary lives in the ever-changing, postmodern South.  A teenage killer ends up a smiling adult bridesmaid. A conservative Christian couple tells the story of a hate crime.  A parable about a stolen bike illuminates how lying can be a survival technique.  Meeting an old friend at an ATM turns into a meditation on how some people should die. The book closes with “Grace Street,” a dream-like, genre-defying novella about the author’s encounters with the locals on a poor city block in Richmond, Virginia, which becomes an eye-opening look at the old wounds of class, race, religious intolerance, and our particularly American brand of alienation.

Published by Texas Review Press