The Fifth Guest and Other Louisiana Stories


PBK3 Renderby Debra Faircloth


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“I grew up immersed in the South’s tradition of oral literature,” says Debra Faircloth. “My earliest memories are of drowsing under the quilt frames. As my mother and grandmother quilted, in soft hypnotic voices, they told and retold family myths and legends.” All but her dissertation in English, Faircloth left the academic life for the helping professions. Since earning an MSW at Grambling State University, she has worked as a clinical social worker and a domestic violence trainer and advocate, serving the victims of family violence in North and Central Louisiana. “When I recently compiled thirty years of short stories in one volume, I was surprised to see how my early fiction predicted my current work.” Repeated themes in Faircloth’s short stories are the descent into mental illness and the effects of family violence on its victims and its perpetrators. Faircloth has used her story-telling skills to help educate her community about Louisiana’s domestic violence epidemic. She lives in a century-old pecan orchard near the village of Dry Prong, Louisiana, with two Scottish terriers. The cover of this book and the drawing of Debra Faircloth inside are by noted North Louisiana artist Lacey Stinson. Known chiefly for his drawings and oil landscapes, Lacey has studios in both Ruston and in Alexandria, Louisiana, at the River Oaks Arts Center

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