Alligator Stew: More Tales from Delbert, Arkansas

C.D. Mitchell

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Alligator Stew: More Tales from Delbert, Arkansas

Alligator Stew More Tales from Delbert Arkansas Every year it seems another apocalypse is predicted Every day we hear of the pending global warming disaster There was Y K The next one was the Mayan Every preacher on television rants and raves

  • Title: Alligator Stew: More Tales from Delbert, Arkansas
  • Author: C.D. Mitchell
  • ISBN: 9781940869056
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Every year it seems another apocalypse is predicted Every day we hear of the pending global warming disaster There was Y2K The next one was the Mayan 2012 Every preacher on television rants and raves about the end of time and the apocalypse and the second coming of Christ Preacher Harold Camping went so far as to predict the exact day After that day came and went, heEvery year it seems another apocalypse is predicted Every day we hear of the pending global warming disaster There was Y2K The next one was the Mayan 2012 Every preacher on television rants and raves about the end of time and the apocalypse and the second coming of Christ Preacher Harold Camping went so far as to predict the exact day After that day came and went, he claimed he had made a mistake and made another prediction Then he finally admitted he had no clue No one cared after he missed the second time.During the summer of 1990, Iben Browning predicted an apocalyptic earthquake would strike the New Madrid Fault on December 3rd, 1990, devastating the heartland from St Louis to Memphis.In Delbert, Arkansas, a fictional town along the New Madrid Fault, the people felt other things were important than an impending apocalypse like Wink Gaskill s beer permit application for a new local convenience store he was building.Faydeane Gossett stated the community concerns clearly If we allow him to sell beer, next thing you know we ll have crack houses, whorehouses and casinos on every street corner In this story collection, the townspeople barrel towards their date with destiny while dealing with infidelity, lust, sexual and domestic abuse, drug addiction, cancer, family histories, bigotry, murder, ambition, sexual preferences, mental illness, loss, failure, religion, mistakes, local gossip, elections and professional wrestling.Despite Iben Browning s prediction of an apocalyptic earthquake, December 3rd, 1990 came and went without so much as a tremor, and as with all predictions of apocalypse, the town folks breathed a collective sigh of relief and went about returning their generators to Sears for a refund, pouring their cache of gasoline into their trucks and ATV s, eating their Vienna Sausages, Velveeta loaves, and Spam sandwiches, and dumping stored gallons of water on their front yards and winter greens.They went back to dealing with the every day problems that make a predicted apocalypse seem small in comparison.Facing a once in a lifetime catastrophic event, the residents of Delbert, Arkansas, prove that the truly apocalyptic events are the ones they face every day.

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    1. Lynelle Clark on said:

      I received this book from the author for an honest review.Based on actual facts the stories within the book are fictional. Each story focused on a specific character but with every story you would meet them again, giving you a better view of every individual. Each character was well developed to make the stories believable. With the earthquake prediction of Iben Browning on Dec 02, 1990 the citizens of Delbert went on with their lives as if nothing threatened them. Each living life at its own pa [...]

    2. Philip Newey on said:

      Reviewing anthologies is often difficult because they bring together writings with diverse themes and styles, even if they are by the same author. The great thing about this anthology is that the eleven stories it contains are organically linked in several ways. First, they are linked by an event which is on the horizon (fore or aft) of each story, namely the earthquake which had been predicted to occur on the New Madrid Fault, on December 3, 1990. The prediction was made by one Iben Browning, w [...]

    3. Mike Billington on said:

      There are writers and there are storytellers and then there are writers who are also storytellers. C. D. Mitchell is a writer who is also a storyteller and that made reading "Alligator Stew" a very pleasant experience for me. I suspect that there will be some folks who won't like his book because he doesn't always play by the rules you learn while earning an MFA. That's okay with me because instead of writing in a classic style he does something better: He reminds me of the days I spent listenin [...]

    4. Lori on said:

      I really liked the series of short stories. they all end up coming together r with one another in the end somehow. they remind you of sitting around listening to the old true stories your parents told you about back in the day. very fun stories. I think the author is exceptional. tells a very good story and keeps them flowing nicely. I'd have to say I highly recommend this. you'll love reading it and it's not a moment you'll stop and not want to pick it back up. n poo first I need to give my apo [...]

    5. Sylvia Roland on said:

      I enjoyed reading CD's short story collection. His characters, while flawed, endeared themselves to you during each story. I am a fellow Arkansan, so it was fun to be able to recognize the places about which he wrote. Arkansans, and all Southerners, will enjoy reading the book.

    6. Pat Stanford on said:

      Customer ReviewThis is a cross section of characters all living in the same town and all talking about the potential earthquake that has been predicted. They all have stories to tell, so I get that the book was presented as 11 individual stories told from each main character's POV.Told in this way, many of the characters float in and out if each other's stories, but had it been a novel, it might have a nightmare to write or keep straight as a reader.It is an interesting way of presentation and j [...]

    7. Rhea and Rory James on said:

      Alligator stew is a heartfelt and honest portrayal of small town life where everyone knows your business! The townsfolk are quirky to say the least and full of flaws, but at makes them all the more real and endearing. Many of the lives within the stories intertwine and the author does a fantastic job weaving their tale slowly but surely throughout his collection in such a way you really never know what is coming up,next. Will the small town of Delbert, Arkansas be rocked by an earthquake or will [...]

    8. Kim Wright on said:

      C.D. Mitchell has unearthed many stories of touching human connections. From a heartbreaking story of a father's grief to one of adultery with a back country woman who only has one tooth - gold platted and inscribed with her name, Alligator Stew is rich with details. Setting descriptions like, "eap exterior paint that peeled every few years and left many of the homes looking like they needed a haircut rather than a paint job," bring the deep swampy south alive. This collection of secrets, death, [...]

    9. Jim Booth on said:

      C.D. Mitchell knows how to work "dirty realism" subject matter with new and interesting twists that move his work beyond mere imitation of this style into new, while at the same time classic, literary territory. See the full review at thenewsoutherngentleman - link at my author's page. Thanks for stopping by!

    10. Dana Ridenour on said:

      C.D. Mitchell's short stories in Alligator Stew are intertwined together in a masterful way. His flawed, interesting characters who call Delbert, Arkansas home are captivating and well-developed. Every sentence lures you into Mitchell’s storytelling. His imagery and use of detail is brilliant. C.D. Mitchell is the next great Southern storyteller.

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