"Rooke is an original. . . . Deliberately eccentric . . . deliciously inventive, always rewarding."The Washington Post
The two novellas and three short stories in this new collection by the critically-acclaimed, North Carolina-born author Leon Rooke are united by place and mood. Set largely in the post-WWII American South, peopled by Watermelon Queens and ten-year-old business men, these joyful, touching, brilliantly crafted pieces speak to a time and sensibility long forgotten.
Leon Rooke is a novelist, short story writer, editor, and critic. He has published twenty-eight books, nearly three hundred short stories, and is the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature.
"Rooke is a raucous writer What's finally satisfying about Rooke's work is the momentum created from word to word and image to image."Quill & Quire
"Rooke is a raucous writer… What's finally satisfying about Rooke's work… is the momentum created from word to word and image to image."—Quill & Quire