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Set just after World War II in rural north Louisiana against the backdrop of an oil-blighted landscape, a soldier comes home from war to find his wife has a son. What happens next is an old story of family violence.
“Breakfast at the Spindletop Cafe,”
a short story by Debra Faircloth
This is a love story of my 101-year-old Granny, pictured above, who passed away a few years ago.
Almost every word of this story is true.
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Her name was Grace, but they called her Peachie. Nobody knew exactly why. The boys said it was because when she was a girl, she liked to shinny up the blighted old tree in her back yard and eat the peaches straight off the branches—fuzz, rot, worms, and all. “I bet she could eat a worm,” they said in admiration. None of this they knew for sure. It was part of the legend surrounding Peachie which they were building for themselves.
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Two-time Louisiana Short Story Contest Finalist
Country Roads Magazine.
Debra Faircloth invites you to tune in to her podcast.
Bruce Magee & Stephen Payne, editors of the on-line Anthology of Louisiana Literature,
interviewed Faircloth on her recently published e-book, The 5th Guest and Other Louisiana
Stories. Many of Faircloth's stories speak to the dynamics of family violence. Magee
& Payne chose the March slot for Faircloth's podcast because March is Women's History
Faircloth's short story, "Breakfast at the Spindletop Cafe", can be read on-line in the Louisiana Anthology.
“The Fifth Guest and other Louisiana Stories” is a well-written, appealing collection of short stories that deal with universal topics like mental illness, and family violence. Ms. Faircloth most adeptly develops her characters with such psychological realism that readers, male and female, and across generations, will be engaged.
– Jeffrey J. Walczyk, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Louisiana Tech University.
The Crazy, Colorful South Comes Alive
Debra Faircloth is the quintessential southern writer, Her wildly colorful names ("St. Dymphna Correctional Facility for Irrational Women"), characters ("Bood Whitecotton") , and descriptions ("He played a jagged tune on a broken guitar and sang about fast women with shingle-bob haircuts and red dresses.") draw the reader in, captivating us before we have even gotten a chance to digest the finely-spun tales of teetotalers and drunks, religious fever and family violence, strong southern women and stricken southern men. I giggled and grinned, gasped and wept. You must read Ms. Faircloth's work. Coming from the speeding ticket capital of Louisiana, Dry Prong, she certainly "get it natural," as we like to say down here.
– Terrie Queen Autrey (Amazon Review)
"Great book: I really enjoyed Debra Faircloth's stories. From Central Louisiana, she also worked in North Louisiana for many years. She has a good ear for the accents and attitudes of the region, and these come through in her stories. The stories also reflect the kind of events that could happen in this underrepresented region. I look forward to reading more of her stories in the future."
– Bruce Magee, editor, on-line Anthology of Louisiana Literature
Crack Shot (story excerpt)
What others are saying about The Fifth Guest:
Two previously published short stories included in
The Fifth Guest and Other Louisiana Stories.
“The Fifth Guest at the Table,”
a short story by Debra Faircloth.
Cover art by Lacey Stinson.
EBook Design and Production by
Copyright © 2014 by Debra Faircloth
Margaret Media, Inc.
A wonderful way to meet Louisiana's diverse cultures
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read the galley of this work.
Deb has a wonderful voice and her stories pull you into to the rich culture and wonderful settings of our state. I read this collection of stories a couple of years ago, and yet the characters and plots are still vivid in my memory as if they were people I knew or stories from my own family. Deb is a true artist with the written word. I actually met her one evening at a get together of other artistic minds (singing Karaoke of all things) and she was busy working on a poem to enter in a contest. She let me read her scribbles and scrawls (actually, she has beautiful penmanship) and I immediately recognized her gift for story telling, even in her rough draft.
I would like to add that Lacey Stinson, the talented artist that created her cover, has a true gift of artistic interpretation and what better way to share it with the world than through Deb's book's wonderful cover art. He is well know for his portraits and figures drawings with gentle lines that delicately caress the skin of his subjects and his trees that burst with character. Whatever Lacey draws, he brings out a beauty and depth like no other artist I know.
– Geri G. Taylor, author of The Kitchen Dance
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