Why Dogs Chase Cars by George Singleton
This is a set of short stories as told by Mendal Dawes. Dawes is
growing up in the tiny Southern town of Forty-Five, South Carolina. His
father is just plum crazy. He buries things like signs saying they will
become valuable. He disguises his yard as a toxic waste dump to
Mendal wants out of town but first he
gets to do some unpaid jobs like helping out at the nursing home and
helping the only black girl in his class to read.
I am not a fan of short stories and these were just plain weird. Maybe this Northerner just doesn't get it.
First Line: "I had to assume that my mother took photographs of me standing near the alligator pit."