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The Yard Sale (A Short Story) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1414 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: River Oaks Press (April 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007W7QHAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patricia Ann Preston wrote her first short story in the sixth grade. Ever since then, she has been writing stories. Maybe that comes from being a Southerner and being surrounded by great storytellers. She enjoys writing quirky, humorous stories set in the American South. Her stories include "The Yard Sale" and "Laid to Rest."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Puett on April 22, 2012
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I downloaded this and read it while eating a scone and sipping tea at Starbucks today. And I'm worried they might not let me come back because I was laughing out loud the whole time. I love good, authentic southern humor that doesn't portray us all as ignorant and barefoot with an outhouse in the backyard. I can't wait for the next "Down Home Humor" story!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elysa Hendricks on April 28, 2012
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THE YARD SALE by Patricia Ann Preston is a delightful little sale - I mean tale. As a lover of yard sales, flea markets and resale shops I couldn't resist purchasing and reading THE YARD SALE. The humor is low-key, but had me laughing out loud. Though I love shopping, doing what I call my Goodwill Tours (visiting every Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift store and rummage sale in a 20-mile radius) I totally dislike holding sales. But if my sales were as much fun as Jennifer's I'd enjoy them more.

If you enjoy humor and are a garage sale addict or even if you're not, you'll definitely want to read THE YARD SALE.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Bradley on April 21, 2012
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The Yard Sale is one of the funniest short stories I've ever read. I've met everyone of her characters. But then, I live in the South and I've had yard sales. In my mind I can still see Buddy dancing across the porch to Johnnie Be Goode!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By An Open Book on April 23, 2012
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What a GREAT character line up! Patricia Ann Preston brought to life a complete cast of characters that everyone can relate to. I laughed until I cried. Truly Classic Southern Humor! I'm trying not to give a spoiler... but I also loved the way the author used the heroines Thomas Kinkade print! A Fun Story!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Billington on December 31, 2014
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Jennifer's husband got all stupid one day.
He let his little head do the thinkin' his big head shoulda been doin' and he up and run off with the piano player from church.
Before he and that tramp (we all knew she was trouble, and she really didn't play the piano all that well, bless her shrunken little heart) hit the Cheatin' Highway for parts unknown, however, the sumbitch drained their joint bank account.
So now Jennifer is not just broken-hearted.
She's broke.
Period.
What to do? What do to?
Why, this bein' America and all, you really got just two choices when you're a woman and something like this happens to you.
You either write you a country song, get all gussied up and go to Nashville where you sing your way into America's boot-scootin' hearts.
Or you hold a yard sale.
Jenny can't sing so she held her a yard sale in Patricia Ann Preston's short story of the same name and it went just fine, thank you very much.
Preston, who is well known for writing sassified Southern humor, tells the story of this yard sale in Clayburn, Mississippi in a free and easy style that puts you on the front porch watching Jenny and her Aunt Gail go about their business while fending off across-the-street competition and dealing with folks who are looking for bargains.
She even takes a little time in this delightful story to update us on local-girl-made-good Darlene Durand (who used to be a Higginbottom before she went to Hollywood, changed her name and became a movie star. Lord that was so many years ago. Didn't she leave town in a hurry? Somethin' about her and the mayor?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Barker on October 31, 2012
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It isn't easy getting people to laugh. It's doubly difficult to pull off when writing. But to write about a decidedly painful topic like a difficult divorce and the aftermath - both emotional and physical - in a way that makes the reader laugh is next to impossible. Yet Patricia Ann Preston pulls it off.

As a guy, I don't fit into this author's main audience. But I enjoy a good laugh as much as anyone and the premise was enough to make me think it had potential. Plus, my wife and I like to find books for one another and I thought she would enjoy this one. We both downloaded it, but I was the first to get to it. In short order I found myself reading sections of it out loud to my bride right after I'd finish them myself. Several times over the course of the next hour or so, the two of us shared laugh out loud moments, relating to one another about similar situations that occured in yard sales we had been involved with. We discovered that we knew most of the characters in the book and were quickly relating them to relatives and neighbors of our own. Ms. Preston created a group of people that I think just about anyone could relate to and then set them up in situations that were only slight exaggerations of the way actual people would face. Then she just allows them to react and deal with those situations as they will.

It works. In fact, it works brilliantly. I wouldn't call this a must read. It's more of a "should" read. When a good laugh is just the medicine you need to make you smile and feel better in the middle of a lousy day this is the perfect prescription. I've already picked up the next in the "Down Home Series" and perhaps this time, I'll let my better half read to ME.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J on April 24, 2012
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The author did a great job on this story. It is a typical story of a yard sale in the southern states. I live in the South and have been to many yard sales and had some of my own. You need to read it, you will enjoy this story with the humor. I highly recommend it.
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