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In the South, it's criminal to shoot a man who's watching football
on October 20, 2012
It was bad enough that Jenny blew her husband's head off, but to interrupt him while he was watching his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks on TV was unforgiveable. On the other hand, Arkansas was getting blown out by the hated Georgia Bulldogs, so maybe it was more like a mercy killing.
"Cornbread" reminded me of the cable TV series "Snapped," where a woman reaches her breaking point and kills someone, and that someone is often her spouse. Granted, Jenny had enough reasons to despise her husband, but she was just as upset with Deborah Brandon, the loudmouth who wouldn't stop bragging about her husband's promotion at the mill. She did get a small measure of revenge against Deborah, but her husband was the one who suffered the brunt of her pent-up anger.
I enjoyed "Cornbread," with Jenny's homespun matter-of-fact narration of the process by which she came to commit murder. There's nothing funny about such a brutal act, but it was a bit humorous to see Jenny's strange behavior afterward, and her preoccupation with cleaning up the mess she made.
"Cornbread" is a nice coming-out effort by author Sean Hammer.