Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Nothing with Strings: NPR’s Beloved Holiday Stories by Bailey White (Fiction White)

The string of Christmas lights on the cover of Nothing with Strings by Bailey White suggested to me that short stories within would be set around Christmas, but I was wrong. The stated holiday connection is that White read these stories on Thanksgiving Day broadcasts of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. I think only one story actually mentioned Thanksgiving. In “The Progress of Deglutition,” on Thanksgiving Day, after the company has left, Dave tells Sally that he is leaving her after several decades of marriage. It is totally out of the blue for Sally who thought they were happy. In “Return to Sender,” Christmas is mentioned. Mrs. Nash looks at a Sears Catalog with “O Holy Night” in the background while her daughter plans the town’s Victorian Christmas celebration, which takes place later in the story. The other stories may have an autumn or winter feel, but holidays do not matter much in this witty collection of stories about life in the rural South, where people try to preserve their traditions in the face of modern disruptions to their routines and relationships. Short story fans will enjoy this book. – Review by Rick

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This entry was posted on November 7, 2011 by in Book Review, Fiction, Short Stories.
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