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Tongues of Flame: 2 Hardcover – July 29, 1986

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These unpretentious short stories focus on the modern South, portraying the protagonists, both black and white, at moments of special tension or insight. In the title story a decaying country church hires a professional evangelist for inspiration. Other stories depict a jilted woman on the edge of madness and a gathering of the new and old South as represented by the mourners at an ailing mother's bedside. Brown, whose work has appeared in McCall's and Grand Street , does not here possess the depth of the most accomplished Southern contemporary writers, such as Eudora Welty and Peter Taylor, but her competent, straightforward tales will please general readers seeking high-quality leisure fare. Starr E. Smith, Georgetown Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
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"In prose as pure as branch water, Mary Ward Brown captures the complex changes in the New South."
—People Magazine


"Tongues of Flame is well written and delivered in a measured, caring voice."
—New York Times
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1st edition (July 29, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052524431X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525244318
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,095,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "dystopos" on July 11, 1998
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I just heard Miss Brown give a reading from this volume, and I must say it was a very well-told story. I heard her described as the "First Lady of Alabama Letters" and I think we're doing well if that is the case.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly H. Friend on June 28, 2013
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I had never heard of this book until the author died. It is a wonderful collections of short stories. A great read. And good discussion book if you want to read for a book club.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire on August 1, 2013
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This book is a true treasure! I am sorry I learned about Mary Ward Brown from reading her obituary. Her use of language and stories are truly marvelous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret R. Foreman on August 27, 2013
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A gifted writer able to say volumes with a few words. A clear honest picture of the south that will make you say, "I know these people."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith M. Row on August 19, 2014
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Wonderful short stories. I thank The Smithsonian magazine and Paul Theroux for the article on the American South that led me to her work.
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By Suz2268 on February 23, 2014
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Wonderful short stories. I read her last book: It Wasn't All Dancing and thought
it was the best short stories I've ever read and recommended to some of my
reader friends.
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