Rated of 5
by Jim Weir
Mr. Bragg, I watched you on a panel review with two other southern writers. The discusion was southern writers. This is where I heard about your book. A couple of days ago also saw you doing a review of your book, "All over but the shoutin' ". I do not readily give out maximum ratings on anything, even when grading myself, I think the maximum level is rarely reachable or reached. However, there are occasions when if it ain't it sure ought to be the top rail...
I came from Louisiana, and can empathasize with what you are saying. The life and people you describe. You are a STORY TELLER. The pictures you paint in just those first nine pages, take me back to my childhood, good and bad. I can almost taste that dried red clay...you cannot phatom unless you been there done that. Just before I read the nine pages, I asked my wife to pick up either or both of you books in her shopping spree. I truely hope she does. I want to thank you for eliciting some deep emotions... Do not go back to your day job... continue to paint your portraits of the southern life that the majority as opposed to the monied know...
I doubt seriously my opinion matters a hoot, but this is writing I understand and greatly enjoyed.