Sunday, August 05, 2012

Why Dogs Chase Cars

Why Dogs Chase Cars by George Singleton
Short Stories
  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 discourage development.

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."

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