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Her Kind of Want
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Set mainly in the small towns of Alabama, the stories in Her Kind of Want ache with the relentless longing of the poor, struggling, usually discarded southern women who tell us their lives—lives that seem to revolve around men whose only presence is their absence.

Bebe, Luna, Melly, Little Hula, Dena. These are just a few of the women we meet in Jennifer Davis's award-winning collection. Women who married too fast, had children too young, and drink too much. Yet beneath their unpolished exteriors, these women are flesh and blood, and their wants and needs are as severe and deep as any.

Davis's characters relate their stories in voices as complex and raw as their southern environment. Each tale may sound slightly familiar—an unwanted pregnancy, a fast car flying down a country road—but Davis moves beyond the familiar stories of the rural South to expose the gaps that connect these women, creating startlingly real and vibrant characters.

Although often bleak and sometimes disturbing, Her Kind of Want is a celebration of southern people, their perseverance, their spirit, and their determination to make the ugly beautiful.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Rewriting Girl: An Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. The Ballad of My Father's Redneck Wife
  2. pp. 7-26
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  1. Some Things Collide
  2. pp. 27-44
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  1. Only Ends
  2. pp. 45-53
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  1. What Kind of Man
  2. pp. 54-72
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  1. The One Thing God'll Give You
  2. pp. 73-87
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  1. PoJo's and the Buttery Slope
  2. pp. 88-101
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  1. Tammy, Imagined
  2. pp. 102-121
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  1. When You See
  2. pp. 122-138
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