A Texas Jubilee
Thirteen Stories from the Lone Star State
Publication Year: 2013
Stories like “Rock-ola” and “Pink-Petticoat” reveal secrets and raise questions about many of the town’s more colorful characters. Will Grady Dell reunite with his lost love, Eva? Is there a connection between Edna Earle Morris’s murder and her mysterious visit from Jesus?
Other stories like “Navy, Blue, and Gold” highlight the ways that World War II is causing life to change for everyone in the town. Young Tommy Earl Dell and Fred Hallmark now spend their afternoons staring at the pictures of boys from Eastis County on the Gold Star shelf in the power company's window, dreaming of the day when they will be old enough to join the army. Townspeople now hold their breaths any time John Ed Hallmark, the town’s official messenger, drives his “Chariot of Death” up the street to deliver the news to one of his neighbors that a brother, son, or husband is not coming home from war.
Although the pace of life in this small town is slow, there is never a dull moment in A Texas Jubilee. From the first to last page, readers will be constantly entertained by the exotic and unexpected in this imaginative collection of tales. A Texas Jubilee includes a preface by Jeff Guinn.
Published by: TCU Press
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...a full-length novel, and that’s as wrong as a thought can get.Those of us who write for a living know it’s damned near impos-sible to craft memorable scenes and characters in such a limitedthe makings of a short-story collection. The collections that doauthor who not only conjures exceptional reading in short, lyri-...
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...where these stories first appeared, often in very different versions. Texas Short Stories(edited by Billy Bob Hill) for “Rock-Ola.”ing “It’s the Law” for readers’ theatre. Finally, to the dead—myparents, friends, and relatives—who lived these stories in an almost...
One: Xmas Tree, O Xmas Tree (1928)
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...back seat of Grady’s old 490 Chevrolet. He couldn’t leave thewar, had what Grady thought was a cushy job as caretaker for theistered letter that you have got to sign for. Who the hell wouldare that I lost an arm in the Argonne Forest. They may be sorry,colonel and came out led by a corporal.” Grady always said mass-...
Two: Mr. George's Joint (1936)
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...all I sell. I don’t carry no white folkses’ beer, and since you nearmake out with what I stock. Niggers won’t pay the extra nickelassociatin’ with the quality like you and sometimes with a bunch“Yessir, I know that. If I hadn’t made a good bit back in dur-gettin’ by selling a little barbecue to white folks and the beer my...
Three: A Blue and Gray Christmas (1937)
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...farm and began figuring out ways to get off it as soon as possi-took the civil service exam, and, with his points as a veteran, gotalways went by after Jim died, got tangled up in two old straightchairs he and Jim used instead of a wagon seat, and lived to tellthe story. He said Jim tried to jump for it and hit his head on a...
Four: "Corinna, Corinna" (1937)
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...of his arm in his left hand. They hadn’t talked since they got onthe old, rutted county road 2306 that led them just south of theClint’s farm, they could see Clint’s wife Corine standing on thehere waiting for Clint to die for over a year would make anybodycome after us with a butcher knife. I know how she hates it when...
Five: The Return of Jesse James (1938)
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...he pulled the undelivered parcel post out of the passenger side.against his side, his head jerking back and forth, and the biggesta good mood. Grady wasn’t. He couldn’t wait to get checked upWallace’s trailer house and get him a drink of whiskey or two onthree times already, but that road up near Ivanhoe is a loblolly...
Six: The Pink Petticoat (1938)
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...across the square to the Busy Bee Cafe for a quick cup of coffeejob wasn’t civil service, Melvin would’ve got rid of me the daystay as sober as Melvin and Charlie if I didn’t need a little some-thing to steady my nerves once in a while. I’d probably be a heapbetter off if I didn’t, but hell, I might wind up as sour as old...
Seven: Confessions (1938)
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...when you rub it on your chest. Didn’t you ever try that, honey?”terrible smelling stuff to smear on us, and then she put a flannelgood. Don’t Grady have nothing to smoke that ain’t so freezingladylike and was so rich in color. And there were the coins on thenever to let a whiff of Fatima smoke pass her lips, nostrils, or...
Eight: Four Roses Whiskey (1939)
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...mail route, got out, went in, and visited for ten or fifteen min-up out of the ditch and angled into the road, he heard Henry’scould die any day. Hell, Grady, she’s eighty—or she will be this“No, not today. I’m running late. I guess I better get on inTubby’s trailer house to get a water glass half full of Four Roses...
Nine: It's the Law (1939)
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...fire chief/municipal jailer. One or the other of them usually satlight. The third room in the building was an add-on; it had beenbuilt by the WPA a year earlier to make a holding cell for miscre-Herman Wells’s jail in the basement of the county courthouse. Britain both gets to fighting, that damned war won’t last three...
Ten: A Glory Hallelujah Jubilee (1940)
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...answer the call several times at revivals, and that got him to wor-ing Jesus as his personal savior. “Personal” seemed strange totions, a Pentecostal church, and even once got sprinkled by somemailman, said, “That boy spends so much time in water it’s afor it. You didn’t have to do it, you just had to think about it to...
Eleven: Rock-Ola (1941)
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Farley was frying a piece a round steak, the first meat they hadhad since Tuesday. Cleatis sat at the kitchen table watching her.what to say, so he ducked his head and said, “Well, Pearlie, Iof meat and gravy at Cleatis, and said, “Well, you can just forgetit, Mr. Cleatis L. Farley. I know what you think, but I don’t aim...
Twelve: Navy Blue and Gold (1944)
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...rationed, and most people’s tires were rags in this, the third yearthey were likely to ride the train or bus to Sherman and catch thehad just got out of school. They sat on their bikes on the side-looking at the pictures of soldiers and sailors that filled both“I can’t wait to join up,” Tommy Earl said. And he sighed....
Thirteen: Home Front Heroes (1945)
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...the day after Pearl Harbor, gave up religion in favor of patriot-ism. He said, “I’d kill every damn Jap and German there is—andsixth grade, Jean Clark, Molly Akins, and Ruby Lathem couldn’tmaybe sailors or marines. Ellie Pearl said, “I aim to marry me aHe was off at Fort Polk in Louisiana training with the horse cav-...
About the Author
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...ing editor of the journals Studies in the Novel, American Literary...
Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2013