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Dumdum (Featured story in the anthology "New Stories from the South: the year's best of 2005") [Kindle Edition]

Janice Daugharty
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  • File Size: 81 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TLMYJ2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dumdum by Janice Daugharty January 19, 2012
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"Dumdum" by Janice Daugharty is a short story that is a featured story in the anthology "New Stories from the South: the year's best of 2005." In this story of about seventeen pages we first meet a group of men who spend their days on the porch of the local country store in the "dried up town" of Howell, Georgia. Howell sported the little store, the voting house, a brick house and several frame houses that were well-kept, but the town bigshot lived in the brick house. There were railroad tracks where freight trains passed through, and beyond that Miss Glory, an older black lady, lived in a rundown house owned by J.C., the one who lived in the brick house. J.C. hangs out on the store porch with the rest of his buddies.

On this particular day, "From the store porch, the three men watched the strange car come, out of the south and blue like the tweed highway was blue, but not like the sky was blue, not that blue." (Loc. 2) As in most of Daugharty's writing, there is no guessing about the details. There is no question what shade of blue the stranger's car is because we're told in words that put the picture in front of us as if we were there watching.

Like a fine piece of art where the darkest dark is next to the lightest light and the colors and shading are exquisite, in this author's writing the contrasts are so well-written into the story that beauty is found next to the worst of things. The trains passed through every day and passed by the "south side of the two-story peeling white building built like a box. A pecan shadetree at the crossing threw still flocked shadows onto the new blue car roof and slid off the trunk..." (Loc.
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More About the Author

"A Book to Die For" is not only Janice Daugharty's first mystery, but her first time working with a co-author--her Math and Science-oriented daughter, Angela Nix. "It's an online novel in every way," Daugharty says. She and Angela, who lives in Florida, swapped ideas and information by way of email over the past summer; Angela often edited the work-in-progress on her Kindle Fire while sitting on her cabin cruiser. Then thanks to Amazon they easily launched the ebook for sale through the Kindle Store. "Digital formatting used to make me cringe," says Daugharty; "it was like track-switching at full tilt from right to left sides of the brain. Now, you just up-load and submit--Amazon's program even spell-checks." Final job for the weary authors: the book cover. Yes, Kindle's Cover Creator program likewise took care of that. They both say the creation of the joint mystery made for a long, hot summer, in more ways than the weather.

Janice Daugharty is the author of 9 published novels and 2 story collections. She is writer in residence at Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, in Tifton, Georgia

Angela Nix attended Valdosta State University where she received her B.S. degree in Biology. She currently works for the Department of Business and Professional Regulations for the State of Florida.


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