Southern Dust is an old school pulp adventure using several narrators to tell an interconnected Southern story. The tale begins with Gretchen. She lives in Alabama has a cotillion coming up and she also is looking to find a husband. For those of you who don’t know what a cotillion is – it’s a French country dance, a social gathering that was popular in the 18th century. There is more dialogue than description when it comes to this segment of the story. However, what flows is nicely written and interesting to read.
The second part is the Governor. The tale is set in 2008 and appears to be from a diary. His name is Matthew Nightingale. The diary provides some information of Matthew’s life and is written in his own words. It covers his life as years go by- up until 2032.
The third part is about Roger Conaway, titled, ‘Sunburn’. Roger is sent to find a friend’s daughter. She has gone missing. Again, the story takes a turn as a first-person narrator and describes this short tale. The content is smooth and has a hint of humor in it.
The last part of the book is about Dominic White. He is seeking revenge over his murdered sister. Greif has taken over him. Black magic and other sorts of interesting aspects take over this tale.
I found the entire book to be extremely well written. I barely noticed any editing or structural issues. That made this collection of stories to be very well organized and easy to follow through.
I really look forward to reading more books by this author and would prefer a full single novel from him next time.
The literature standard was superb. Since the narrators were all from the first person, the stories had a personal touch to it. The settings of the story did not require much description and so the content covered more dialogue and backstory, which was sufficient in intriguing the reading for wanting to know more.
I recommend this book to people that like reading short stories and fiction thrillers.
Written by Jeyran Main