The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories

The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories The seventeen stories in this debut collection by Juyanne James interpret the Louisiana experience They stage encounters mostly with strong women but also interesting men and families all trying to su
  • Title: The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories
  • Author: Juyanne James
  • ISBN: 9781634059565
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories
    The seventeen stories in this debut collection by Juyanne James interpret the Louisiana experience They stage encounters mostly with strong women but also interesting men and families all trying to survive in their own way While this collection is as an evolution of the idea of double consciousness and how African Americans see themselves in the world, the characters aThe seventeen stories in this debut collection by Juyanne James interpret the Louisiana experience They stage encounters mostly with strong women but also interesting men and families all trying to survive in their own way While this collection is as an evolution of the idea of double consciousness and how African Americans see themselves in the world, the characters are remarkable in their own right, without having to be labeled They are not so much concerned with color as they are with survival.The collection opens with You Don t Know Me, Child a young bus rider grows fascinated with a female passenger who carries pictures in her hair, and the rider imagines the woman s past The fractured Bayou Buoys is about a mother whose two boys are missing on the bayou Doll is about early twentieth century life when black teachers were brought into small towns in the South to teach and what happens when a field hand falls in love with a teacher.James has written a thoroughly eclectic, lyrical collection of stories that speaks to the African American tradition, depicting life in New Orleans and rural Louisiana.Juyanne James grew up on a farm in southeast Louisiana she left at seventeen to join the US Navy After holding a number of odd jobs such as over the road truck driver , she returned to Louisiana to write and teach Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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  • Juyanne James

    Juyanne James was raised in rural Louisiana She holds an MA in Literature University of New Orleans and a MFA in Writing Spalding University Her short fiction has appeared in various journals, including The Louisville Review, Mythium the Journal of Contemporary Literature and Cultural Voices, and Eleven Eleven, as well as the anthology Something in the Water 20 Louisiana Stories Portals Press, 2010 She has written for Symphony Space s Selected Shorts Commissioning Project You Don t Know Me, Child , and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize on three occasions Her story, The Elderberries, appeared in New Stories from the South Best of 2009 She has also published the personal essay, Table Scraps Bayou Magazine, 2013 , which was a notable in Best American Essays 2014 She lives in New Orleans and teaches writing at the University of Holy Cross.

  • 153 Comments


  • This book is actually a really good one if you enjoy short stories, a bit of history, and lots of different emotions I read it as a way to step out of my comfort zone, and experience the world a little bit I appreciate it in a different way from how I normally appreciate novels.


  • Very original stories that read almost as if they re oral storytelling My favorite is Getting Stuck at the VA Great diversity of character and tone in this collection.



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