Red Clay, Blue Cadillac: Stories of Twelve Southern Women

Red Clay, Blue Cadillac: Stories of Twelve Southern Women

by Michael Malone

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Overview

Twelve short stories of all the wrong women.

The author of First Lady and Handling Sin has given us a page turning collection of short stories, with a central theme in each of which the main character is a belle of the South whose talents include a penchant for deceit, betrayal, seduction and sometimes murder. Written in the author's wry and masterful voice, these evocative stories are infused with all the peculiar customs, ironies and humor so special to the South.

The twelve stories in this collection include "Red Clay," which won an Edgar Allen Poe Award, in which a local girl from Thermopylae becomes a movie star who moves back to her sleepy North Carolina home town and is tried for murdering her unfaithful husband. Her trial causes the town and one man in particular to look back with longing and nostalgia at this exquisite Southern belle who captivated-and sometimes manipulated-every man she met.

"Fast Love," the recipient of an O. Henry Award, is the story of a man who chases down his future wife after seeing her jog past. As he gets closer to his quarry, he also gains the courage to stand up for what he wants and to champion what he believes.

In "Blue Cadillac," Marie, blonde and beautiful, shares dinner and her love of Elvis with a high-tech sales rep on his way home to Memphis. Along the way and on the road, they have exquisite sex and decide to part, Marie in her blue Cadillac. As he rings the bell at his mother's house, the young man discovers that he has been robbed of his wallet and his whole life on cards.

Self-contained masterpieces, each of these short stories has the impact and power of a full-length novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570718243
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Malone is the author of nine novels and two works of nonfiction. Educated at Carolina and at Harvard, he has taught at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Swarthmore. Among his prizes are the Edgar, the O. Henry, the Writers Guild Award, and the Emmy. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife, chair of the English department at Duke University.

Hometown:

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Place of Birth:

Durham, North Carolina

Education:

B.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D. in English, Harvard University

Table of Contents

Stella "Red Clay"
Marie "Blue Cadillac"
Precious "Winners and Losers"
Charmain "White Trash Noir"
Lucy "Maniac Loose"
Flonnie "The Rising of the South and Flonnie Rogers"
Patty "Love and Other Crimes"
Meredith "Fast Love"
Angie "The Power"
Mona "Miss Mona's Bank"
Betty "A Deer on the Lawn"
Mattie "Invitation to the Ball"

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