From the Bottom Up

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Title Original Publication Details First Line
From the Bottom Up The Georgia Review, Spring 1981 “Old Blackburn’s granddaughter, Lorraine, sat on the edge of the bathtub and thumped the heels of her patent-leather shoes against the porcelain sides.”
Mildred Motley and the Son of a Bitch Skyline, Winter 1981 “There were three things Mildred Motley Plonk needed: a decent man, a fortune, and a son of a bitch to kill.”
The Raising “Of the eight matrons perched like pigeons around two identical card tables, Mrs. Bertram Eastman was the lone childless woman.”
The Snipe Hunters “On a map the state of Tennessee is a rough parallelogram.”
Invictus The Southern Review, Spring 1979 “Mamaw’s white face broke out of the darkness and hovered like a tear over Leota’s eyes.”
South of the Border “In a car, headed point-blank down an interstate, there is a sanity akin to recurring dreams: you feel as if every moment has been lived and will be lived exactly according to plan.”
Broken Mirrors Mademoiselle, October 1979 “Through the sheer living room curtains, across the leaf-strewn yard, Oredia could see the pickup truck.”
The Professors “I have yet to understand it.”
The Wellest Day “By one in the afternoon most of the family was there.”
Country Blues for Melissa “One night, twenty years ago and in the middle of one of the few really blizzard-like storms that pounce on the mountains of East Tennessee, I awoke from a strange dream—about disembodied but kind hearts, oddly enough, throwing bars of music at me—and felt a very cold draft on my face.”

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