“It has been almost six years since I started using social media to track and review what I have read. Over that time, I have revisited with many favorite authors, so I have been able to say something about them. Sometimes I have visited with special books by rereading them and sometimes I have been reading new books by those authors I have loved.
In the more than five years that have passed, I have not read a single book by Fred Chappell. I know there are lots of books out there, but I loved Chappell's I Am One of You Forever and Farewell, I Am Bound to Leave You. This is just more proof for the cliche, "Too many books, not enough time".
This collection of short stories more than made up for the length of time since I read this wonderful author. The collection started out with a story I had read before - "The Overspill". It was as good as I remembered and I thought I was in store for more of Chappell's southern stories. Those tales are present, but I got introduced to Chappell's stories that are based on historical figures as well as some dystopian stories.
All of what is collected here is fascinating and well told. My favorites include "Moments of Light", "Tradition", "Duet" and "Ancestors". This is a short story collection that should not be rushed. I would read a story and then ponder it before I went on to the next. I was especially pleased to read those tales that were atypical of what I had read by Fred Chappell earlier.
If you have not read Chappell's work, I recommend that you start with I Am One of You Forever which is a novel about the experiences of a boy coming of age in North Carolina in the 1940s. If you have only encountered Chappell's writings about the South, I recommend this book so you can see more sides of him as an author.”