Plantatia: High-toned and Low-down Stories of the South
Plantatia is full of familiar people and places--a wisteria-bound and oak-shaded South comprised of honky tonks, corner stores, mills, and revival churches populated by drunks, gossips, and scandalous preachers--part yarn and part folk in a way that is reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston.
--Darien Cavanaugh, editor, Yemasee More
Plantatia offers a buffet of headstrong and sassy stories sure to please every palate. Dixon Hearne is your acerbic tour guide through the high- and lowlife settings of an Old South revitalized by his keen eye and ear. These stories move with the patience of Eudora Welty and the confidence of Flannery O'Connor. To steal one of Dixon Hearne's phrases, you'll leave these stories "with your heart laughing out loud."
--Norman German, fiction editor, Louisiana Literature; author of A Savage Wisdom
This impressive debut collection from Dixon Hearne mixes related storytelling of small town life with insights into the human condition, along with a little of that strange, sad, mystical state of existence found only in the deep American South.
--Billy Fontenot, editor, The Louisiana Review
Dixon Hearne is a born storyteller, and reading his "high-toned and low-down" stories reminded me of those precious porch-sitting days when the tales of my relatives evoked both laughter and tears.
--Bev Marshall, author of Walking Through Shadows, Right As Rain, and Hot Fudge Sundae Blues
In this debut collection of stories filled with raucous characters and lively romps, Dixon Hearne proves he has mastered the Southern tradition of old-fashioned, front-porch storytelling.
--Darnell Arnoult, author of Sufficient Grace and What Travels With Us: Poems