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Short Stories Collection Review     


Christmas  Stories from Mississippi
edited by Judy H. Tucker and Charline R. McCord,
illustrated by Wyatt Waters
University Press of Mississippi, 2001
ISBN: 1-57806-381-7

The University Press of Mississippi has published an exceptional collection of stories from the state’s native sons and daughters.  Edited by Judy H. Tucker and Charline R. McCord with homespun illustrations by Wyatt Waters, Christmas Stories from Mississippi makes a fine addition to the home library. 

In “A Worn Path,” Eudora Welty follows the trek of a grandmother going into town to pick up medicine for her grandson, and perhaps a toy windmill, too.  Clinton L. Taulbert captures the warmth of a gift from home in “Quilts: Kiver for My Children.”  A cherished family memory gives strength through life in Nancy Isonhood’s “The Morning Stove.”  The gift of companionship from a dog is a touching story from Elizabeth Spencer in “Presents.”   

Each of the book’s editors also contributed a story.  “Clara’s Star” by Judy H. Tucker is a touching tale of bloodlines and traditions.  “Home for Christmas” by Charline R. McCord captures the importance of home in the modern dysfunctional family. 

The collection also includes excerpts from novels, such as the introduction of Christmas Joe from Faulkner’s Light in August and a memory from Edward Cohen’s The Peddler’s Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi

Other contributors in Christmas Stories from Mississippi include Willie Morris, Carolyn Haines, Barry Hannah, Ellen Gilchrist, Chris Gilmer, Caroline Langston, Jerry L. Bustin, Jacqueline Wheelock, and Marion Barnwell.  


Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews

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