When I saw TALES FROM A STRANGE SOUTHERN LADY as a give away on Goodreads, I immediately thought of a very NICE Southern Lady I know. If I won an autographed copy, I would send it to her (You know who you are.)
Just for kicks, I read the book, and I still haven’t sent it to anyone.
As a self-published author myself, I know how hard it is to get a book in print. I offered my fifth book to a publisher who offered to edit the completed work for $5000. FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS! That book still resides inside my computer.
So, I identify with Jan Fink. Very much. Especially her episode about “Clara Jean.” It changes from first to second person, and that has to be a mistake, doesn’t it? She surely didn’t mean to write it wrong. Did she? You see, after I paid good money to have my first book printed as a hardback, I noticed a whole bunch of grammatical errors. Dang it.
The way the chapters all try to be different from one another reminds me of a controversy. I’ve heard it said that Joseph Smith wrote the entire Book of Mormon himself, with no help from any angels or such. Others say that a teenager could not have written in five different styles, especially given Smith’s lack of education. But that’s a different story.
Most of the chapters in SOUTHERN LADY take a little effort for a 70-year-old man to absorb. That’s okay, though, because I am sure Fink didn’t write this book with me in mind.
Still, I really enjoyed the story about “Greenland.” Probably because I figured out the ending before I got to the ending.
If YOU are a strange southern lady, you just might like this book.
If you are a strange southern lady who loves to write, keep in mind Fink signed my copy, “For the love of writing.”