In the novella Southern Relations, Gran Tish, the great-grandmother in the Walker-Richmond family, dies with her deaf ear up the day before her birthday, bringing together women in the family from both sides of the Canadian-American border, including an ageing nursemaid called Lusa. This launches a marathon of storytelling involving a wild goose hunt and a female Lazarus in the shape of a potter known as Mrs. A-to-Z. Like these women, readers will indulge a hearty guffaw and a good cry.
Prentice Scott is raising her four children with the help of her mother-in-law Katydid, who hangs her underclothing on lilac bushes. Still madly in love with her husband, Prentice turns a broom closet into an office, commiserates with Queen Elizabeth over the trials of child rearing, and carries on until her own last dance.
Written by Pat Krause
Published by Burton House Books
Pub Date: 2017