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Surviving Nashville: Short Stories

4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0974342788
ISBN-10: 0974342785
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"The wonder of Stacy Barton's fiction is the emotional connection of her characters. . . . Authentic all the way." --Philip F. Deaver, author of Silent Retreats, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

"Stacy Barton's brilliant collection will haunt you. It's courageous, honest and smart." --John Dufresne, author of Louisiana Power and Light, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year

About the Author

Stacy Barton has been making her living as an interactive performer, director and creative writer for twenty-five years. She is a scriptwriter for the Disney Company and the author of a children's picture book. Her plays and poetry have been published and produced in a variety of venues. This is her first collection of short stories.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: WordFarm (March 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974342785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974342788
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,212,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's 2:24 AM and I couldn't wait until daylight to tell the world how much I loved this book. The characters grabbed hold and wouldn't let go, and I know I'll linger in their spell for a long, long time. Savor this collection in little bites; it's too wonderful to gobble down in a rush. Red Wax Rose
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Truth really is stranger than fiction. Surviving Nashville is a fiction book but you know that there are thousands of people who suffer through similar trials. Stacy brings difficult situations into healing and comedic freeing moments. Her writing brings characters to life. Some characters whom we want to meet for lunch and some other we want to throw our lunch on! Her stories would make great films!!
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From the first page I realized the author was a gifted writer and forced myself to consume the stories slowly, like fine chocolates, savoring the experience. These stories are slices of life, glimpses into the lives of characters we can identify with. When I reached the last page, I knew I would have to start over ... the stories are that good.
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I bought this book after an excerpt from this book in Ruminate (a literary magazine.)

I look forward to reading more of Barton's work as I positively love this book. She has a wonderful voice....southern, innocent, witty.

I'm planning on reading the book again at some point. It is not one of those books that can easily be given away.
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The stories of "Surviving Nashville" are so powerful, I could only take a little bit at a time (like horseradish!). I love what Barton does with voice and dialogue--I get the sense of watching a film or a play, and the conversation flows naturally but with many levels of meaning. And Barton doesn't shy away from harrowing scenes. I am amazed that she gets such earth-shattering stuff into tiny short stories. Overall a great read.
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While thesde stories are almost uniformly about the survivors of tragedy (and therefore offer little to make one smile), I would read them stories simply for the beauty of the words. In her writing, Barton has the economy of a poet, using spare but resonant words, Her dialog is wondrously authentic and would sound real to anyone who has lived in the South. As most of the stories are written in the first-person, they come across as authentic and deeply personal. One suspects that Barton is not unfamiliar with the dark places of which she writes. It is, simply, good writing.
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This book is amazing. When each story ends, you wish it would continue on forever, but then you realize it ended right where it needed to and said everything it needed to. These stories introduce us to characters so real, you wonder who in your family Ms. Barton talked to. The writing is elegant and deeply moving. I found myself underlining sentences because they so strongly struck a cord. I look forward to more and more from this amazingly gifted writer. Amazing. Powerful. Captivating!
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This is one of those books that when you finish each story, you're a little sad because you care so much about the characters. Ms Barton's writing style puts me in mind of Pat Conroy, another one of my favorite writers.

I cannot get enough of these people!

If you haven't read it, well, READ it!
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