Southern Stories

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
These three stories of the recent South explore wildly different themes.

"Stephano" spreads over two generations; an Italian woman who never fitted in south Georgia, and her son. He doesn't fit, either.
"Woodrow" wanted to please everyone but what he wanted most was to fly.
"Leonard" would have joined the army but he screwed up and the wouldn't let him in. Good thing,too. More
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About J. Paige Straley

Born '48 in Southern WV, parents moved us to totally unsuitable Fl, and I moved to NC after college at UofF. Sad saga of failed marriage, one daughter, and now a great marriage to Dianne. Worked as environmental & chemical engineer, enjoyed it tremendously. Always wanted to write and retirement has permitted the indulgence. Politically conservative/anti-war. An environmentalist who promotes nukes (especially thorium nukes). Likes: sci/tech, cooking, hands-on stuff, homebuilt airplanes, travel. That's me!

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Review by: John Bates on Aug. 09, 2011 : (no rating)
There is nothing uniquely "southern" about "Southern Stories". Stephano's Tallahassee could just as easily been St. Paul; Woodrow's cotton fields could easily have been corn fields; and Leonard's South Carolina mill town could have been in Massachusetts. The stories do not revolve around, or depend on, location. Instead they are strong, well written, and somewhat surprising stories about taking responsibility, meeting obligations, and discovering in the end that the result of living your life well is worth the effort--even if the effort is not necessarily what you thought it would be.
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Review by: Tom Burkhalter on May 23, 2011 :
For that Southern atmosphere and a neat little twist at the end it's hard to beat "Stefano." Good, readable prose and an engaging protagonist.

If you have a few years under your belt you know guys like the protagonist in "Woodrow." Fair warning, this is a story that sneaks up on you, just the way life does. In day to day life you're always sure of what you're going to do or how it's going to end. Only it doesn't really, and Paige did a good job showing that with this one. I always envy a writer who can put the lesson of decades into a few pages as Paige Straley has done with the eloquent "Woodrow."

"Leonard Ansley" -- this one's a little different. You hardly ever see a story from the "linthead" point of view, and that's one of the likeable things about it. Cotton mill workers, cotton mill owners and the South are three things that seem to go together in an interesting dynamic which this story explores. How Leonard turns his life around is a tale you won't soon forget. Good meat for the reader there!
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Review by: william rivers on May 13, 2011 : (no rating)
Solid stories from a multi-talented, inspirational man. You might want to write something after reading these.
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Review by: greg conrad on May 09, 2011 : (no rating)
Love the Southern Stories by J. Paige Straley !! Very well written and not only interesting but informative as well. Well done !!
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