Work Title: Southern Fried Women
Work Author(s): Pamela King Cable
252 pages, Softcover $14.95
Reviewer: Susan Burks
"We were opposites. I was a towhead blonde with freckles, pallid and plain. Bertie had a body that caused men to walk into walls." This is a description of Bobbie and Bertie, the two sisters at the heart of "Beach Babies," one of the nine short stories in this collection. The author studied with Donald Maass, New York Literary Agent and author of Writing the Breakout Novel at the Writer's Digest Writer's Conference Book Expo in Chicago in June 2004. She is a member of the North Carolina Writer's Network and the International Women's Writing Guild.
These stories all deal with the various issues that women face, such as love, self-discovery, religious faith, coming of age, and tragedy. Two of the more intriguing titles are "Vernell Paskins, Mobile Home Queen," and "Pigment of My Imagination." All of the stories are set in the South, an area the author knows well.
Before each story, Cable includes a little background. For example, she says that she had been thinking about "Beach Babies" for a long time when she met her mother-in-law, Bobbie Sue Rossi, who reinforced much of the character of Bobbie Doogan, and whose picture with a friend) graces the book's cover. Bertie and Bobbie seem to epitomize many Southern women who face hardships from an early...