Full of humor and pathos, as southern stories love to be, the stories in this collection will haunt you like a memory. From simple family dysfunction to tragic twists of fate, the characters in Surviving Nashville suffer their losses with surprising grace. Stacy Barton is a storyteller with an ear for dialect, an eye for detail and a heart for her characters – even the mean ones.
Endorsements for Surviving Nashville:
“Stacy Barton’s considerable genius is that she looks at the world we all look at, but sees what the rest of us are unwilling to see. And she doesn’t flinch. The disarming beauty of Surviving Nashville can be, at times, quite breathtaking. Here is the art of few words and powerful resonance. Stacy Barton’s brilliant collection will haunt you. It’s courageous, honest, and smart.” John Dufresne, author of Louisiana Power and Light
“This collection is utterly fabulous! Stacy Barton has a gift — the subtle strokes of a watercolorist and the bluntness of a prizefighter all rolled into one. I purely loved this collection of short stories and I can’t recommend it highly enough.” Beth Hoffman, author of the Best-Selling novel, Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt
“The wonder of Stacy Barton’s fiction is the emotional connection of her characters…authentic all the way.” Philip F. Deaver, authorof Silent Retreats, winner of the Flannery O’Conner Award for Short Fiction
“Stacy Barton’s stories fly from dark to light and back again in depicting the human condition. Her words sing to accompany her characters in their varied journeys that touch the gamut of readers’ emotions. Through it all there is the never-spelled-out but felt sense that the writer knows that beyond the dark glass she’ll find Light and the answers to the unanswerables.” Lawrence Dorr, author of A Bearer of Divine Revelation
“Reading Surviving Nashville was like listening to the perfect album—each song complete in itself, but when you listen from beginning to end, you end up singing out all the pain and grief and love you didn’t know you had in you. I love these stories that poured out of Stacy Barton’s soul. In languid prose, pain and faith mix and find their voice in mothers, sisters, best friends, summers, and food fried in cast iron skillets. Surviving Nashville is full of stifled cries, devastating events, and moments of beauty. Each story released in me a cry of pain and the glimpse of a tiny miracle.” Alice Bass, author of The Creative Life