a mississippi summer

during june and july, in an effort to identify mississippi writers and their literary agents, i have come across some really fine southern writing / writers i was not familiar with.

Steve Yarbrough: from Indianola. I’ve finished The End of California, and am staying up late reading Safe From the Neighbors, his most recent. Neighbors i especially recommend. It’s characters are affected by and react to the events of 1 October 1962 on the Ole Miss campus.

i am especially excited to have come across Olympia Vernon, from the tiny community of Osyka; literally on the louisiana state line and just six miles from where i grew up in pike county. her latest  effort,  A Killing in this Town, has recieved really good critical acclaim. i am anxious to get my hands on a copy.

an early post discribe my thoughts about  Howard Bahr’s Pelican Road … 

i have trouble understanding sometimes why anyone would read David Baldacci or even much of John Grisham’s commercial stuff ( although: Grishman’s A Painted House is as good as it gets ) when there are whole worlds of really good literary fiction out there just waiting for us to find it.

… and:  Lynne Bryant:  hurry, hurry with Catfish Alley !  

four very different writers, different syles.  all very mississippi. 


About Tom Honea

the south mississippi i grew up in did not yet have paved roads or telephones or televisions. it did have great story tellers, on front porches in the summer or around the fire place in the winter. we were poverty stricken, financially but not culturally. we didn't know it. everybody up and down the road was in the same boat. . after forty years of day jobs i am approaching my "fishing years." i plan to spend them writing. i have a finished and edited deep south novel in the "marketing" stages. currently i'm deep into a WW II home front piece set in the Hampton Roads, VA area. notes and character sketches are already underway for "From Hiroshima to Elvis" ( the ten years after the war ) on the coastal areas of South Carolina. . visit asheville ... come and see me.
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