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Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You Stories

Fred Chappell

Picador

0312168349

9780312168346

Trade Paperback

240 Pages

$17.00

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Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You is rich with the music of the Southern mountains and the stories of Southern people. In this collection of separate yet connected short stories, Jess Kirkman's grandmother is dying, and thus Jess here remembers the tales she and his mother have passed down to him. These fictional excursions through the American South rank alongside those of James Agee and Flannery O'Connor; readers of these tales encounter women's voices that sing, share, and (at times) celebrate with both wisdom and authenticity.

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Praise for Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You

"Grounded in the gripping art of storytelling, [it] demonstrates Fred Chappell's universal appeal . . . A stirring chorale of women's voices."—Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe

"A vibrant picture . . . Chappell describes steely, passionate women, the savory foods they cook, and the luscious landscapes they inhabit."—Margot Mifflin, Entertainment Weekly

"An array of flavorful tales . . . A sometimes boisterous, sometimes lyrical, sometimes Gothically romantic celebration of women."—David Willis McCullough, The New York Times Book Review

"Haunting . . . Rich, lyrical, and frequently elegiac . . . Fred Chappell has become one of our indispensable contemporary writers."—Greg Johnson, The Atlanta Journal/Constitution

"Exuberant . . . Musically written . . . Chappell here acknowledges fully and equally both the sadness and celebration and honors both, as only a gifted, fully initiated, grown-up writer can do."—Doris Betts, author of The World and I

"Marvelous . . . The most affecting work of fiction about place and love [since] A River Runs Through It."—Howard Frank Mosher, The Washington Post Book World

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Fred Chappell is the award-winning author of over twenty books of poetry and fiction. His previous novels include I Am One Of You Forever and Brighten the Corner Where You Are. He teaches at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where he lives with his wife, Susan.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Fred Chappell

  • Fred Chappell is the award-winning author of over twenty books of poetry and fiction. His previous novels include I Am One Of You Forever and Brighten the Corner Where You Are. He teaches at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where he lives with his wife, Susan.
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