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A This has nothing to do with the terrific indie film of the same title.B No one in my book club realized that when we quickly agreed on it as our next title.C No one in my book club was anything less than amazed at how good it was, from first story to last. I decided to read this because Betts obituary in the Oxford American said that she had taught many of today s best Southern authors at UNC Chapel Hill including my personal favorite, Jill McCorkle These stories show her to be a descendant of Flannery O Connor especially in The Ugliest Pilgrim and a predecessor of George Saunders and Wells Tower she focuses on Southern working class people, but with a touch of the grotesque absurd Although published in 1973, this collection tackled issues I decided to read this because Betts obituary in the Oxford American said that she had taught many of today s best Southern authors at UNC Chapel Hill including my personal favorite, Jill McCorkle These stories show her to be a descendant of Flannery O Connor especially in The Ugliest Pilgrim and a predecessor of George Saunders and Wells Tower she focuses on Southern working class people, but with a touch of the grotesque absurd Although published in 1973, this collection tackled issues that can still be controversial today lesbianism, mental illness, abortion, interracial liaisons, and ambivalence about motherhood Highly recommended for fans of Southern literature I especially loved the chilling ending of The Spider Gardens of Madagascar Stirring, honest, beautiful, heartfeltjust like the southern humanity these words are written about. Her voice blows me away she s on a spectrum between Flannery O Connor and Mary Gordon for characterization, darkness, comedy, the interior of women living in the 70s that s the Gordon likeness, that interiority, especially in Still Life with Fruit about an artist giving birth thanks, Karen McElmurray, for that recommendation Still Life and The Ugliest Pilgrim a story about a scarred girl going to a faith healer to get a pretty face, which was made into a musical and Burning Her voice blows me away she s on a spectrum between Flannery O Connor and Mary Gordon for characterization, darkness, comedy, the interior of women living in the 70s that s the Gordon likeness, that interiority, especially in Still Life with Fruit about an artist giving birth thanks, Karen McElmurray, for that recommendation Still Life and The Ugliest Pilgrim a story about a scarred girl going to a faith healer to get a pretty face, which was made into a musical and Burning the Bed about a daughter caregiving for a dying father in a claustrophobic house were my favorites.I love her precision and metaphors his left hand drops cards evenly and in rhythm Like a turtle, laying eggs 14 I put Flick s paper in my pocketbook and there, inside, on a round mirror, my face is waiting in ambush for me 31 Wanda unpinned her bun and the hair fell below her shoulders and tickled her spine It was the color, she thought, of harmless brown garden snakes 135 She also delves into dream and the fantastic in this book marvelously strange I might not give 5 stars to every story, but I couldn t resist giving the book as a whole 5 stars this woman needs to be read ( DOWNLOAD EPUB ) ♌ Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories ♼ Back in print at last, the nine beautifully crafted tales in Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories display Doris Betts at the top of her form compassionate, witty, and unforgettable The Ugliest Pilgrim takes you into the adventures and into the heart of a disfigured young woman who has run away from her life in search of a better one This award winning story is the basis for the musical Violet, which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award In Hitchhiker, a wary secretary hitches a ride in a boat with a man hell bent on saving fish instead he saves her from the river and herself And in the title story, Betts brilliantly captures the inner life of a teacher and writer struggling to control her classroom, her household, and her life An odd, beautiful, and unnerving collection of stories Unapologetically told from the White, female, Southern perspective, these delve into a variety of topics childbirth faith healing interracial sex dreamworld journeys that I found both strange and mesmerizing While something of a time capsule, perhaps, it is certainly an engaging, thoughtful, and worthwhile read. So you should know right off the bat that this book was not the inspiration or original version of the movie from a few years back And you should also know that it s unfortunate they took the title, because this is a really strong collection and the title story is pretty much perfect.This collection has nine stories and Doris Betts is incredibly wry, wicked, funny, and poignant of a writer The collection opens with Ugly Pilgrim about a disfigured woman running away Other of the shorter stor So you should know right off the bat that this book was not the inspiration or original version of the movie from a few years back And you should also know that it s unfortunate they took the title, because this is a really strong collection and the title story is pretty much perfect.This collection has nine stories and Doris Betts is incredibly wry, wicked, funny, and poignant of a writer The collection opens with Ugly Pilgrim about a disfigured woman running away Other of the shorter stories includes the Hitch Hiker and Mother in Law By the time we get to the title story, it just becomes completely unhinged.The story is about a teacher in a high school whose school and home life are demanding, awful, hilariously rough, and so dreams about a kind of almost utopian space where she can love another man and send her own husband to some kind of prison The scenes in the schoolhouse are hilarious and so true to life It s a nice reminder how much of stories about school are rightfully told from the perspective of kids who have been abused by the system and not enough about teachers who are also abused by the system Her description of kids asking to turn in anything, anything to stand in for what is assigned is hilariously accurate and a little reassuring given it s 45 years later and still happens.The rest of the collection is mostly good with one or two stories being less than that Onestory really shines, and that is Still Life with Fruit which tells of a truly nightmarish hospital stay of a woman ten days past her due date The last story is great, the others that I read are meh. Amazing short stories Well written and original but I didn t care for the subjects too much.