Sunday, October 25, 2015

Five of the best Southern gothic titles

At B & N Reads Jenny Shank tagged five of the best Southern gothic books, including:
Welding with Children, By Tim Gautreaux

I first came across Louisiana writer Tim Gautreaux in the Best American Short Stories anthology, which has featured his work several times, including “The Piano Turner,” which is hysterical, moving, and Southern Gothic as all get-out. In it a “strange lady,” the wealthy heiress of a Creole plantation family, summons Claude, the town’s piano tuner, to her mansion. “He knew that all she did was sit in a 150-year-old house and practice pop tunes on a moth-eaten George Steck upright.” As in many great Southern Gothic tales, there’s a fire involved in the denouement.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue