- Publisher: Main Street Rag (May 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599484102
- ISBN-13: 978-1599484105
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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In addition to Shug and the other engaging characters in Strother's human cast, the title character should not be overlooked: This collection is named 'Shug's PLACE'; the present-day name of the bar Shug runs. Strother has lovingly imagined a deep history of stories connecting the ongoing tales born within those walls to persons, some long past and forgotten, whose lives were shaped by the same place; the building or ownership or patronage of the same little bar. Taverns, as a center for human congress, are fast slipping away from their original role in our history. American democracy, it's been argued, was born in taverns. Strother has, like a film's set designer, taken great care in etching careful details into this central setting, and using the flashback, has given the place its own deep back-story.
This all works very well, and the pages would "turn themselves" as I was reading. The book came my way at the recommendation of a friend, and I'm pleased to have received an advanced edition because of it. I always feel an obligation to provide a review when I get an ARC, but it's not often such a pleasure to write them. 'Shug's Place-A Novel in Stories' is a solidly entertaining collection for the "action/detective/tough-guy-with-a-heart-and-a-brain" audience. It will be available from Mint Hill Books, Main Street Rag Publishing Company, Charlotte, NC.