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Redgunk Tales: Apocalypse and Kudzu from Redgunk, Mississippi Paperback – May 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
In William R. Eakin's poetic and unusual : Apocalypse and Kudzu from Redgunk, Mississippi, the predictable lives of the smothering backwater's residents are touched by shadowy supernatural events. A lonely shop clerk is unwittingly adored by a sentient yet immobile curiosity-shop exhibit in "The Secret of the Mummy's Brain."
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Many of these 13 stories are award winners. All are set in Redgunk, Mississippi, from which Eakin soon transports readers into his metaphysical, mythic speculations. The good old boys in them are caricatures. One, in "Lawnmower Moe," is a worthless boozer come back from the dead to mow his 40 acres to satisfy unnamed demons. In "Encounter in Redgunk," Orange Decker is transported to a UFO in which the mere push of a button produces candy bars and Playboy pinups. In "Unicorn Stew," a tender story that could have been written by Peter Beagle, because of their mother's bargain with a unicorn, a girl and boy escape the bleak childhood their father would have imposed on them. In "A God for Delphi," Eakin leans on Greek mythology to redeem yet another of his hicks. Entertaining, not as funny as he means to be, and sometimes touching, Eakin is a postmodernist, feminist, "literary" writer, whom some genre readers will find off-putting and obscure. John Mort
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