Alabama Stories

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John I. Jones
Publish Date
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.75 inches | 1.31 pounds

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About the Author
John Isaac Jones is a retired journalist currently living and writing at Merritt Island, Florida. For more than thirty years, John I., as he prefers to be called, was a reporter for media outlets throughout the world. These included local newspapers in his native Alabama, The National Enquirer, News of the World in London, the Sydney Morning Herald, and NBC television. He is the author of six novels, a short story collection and four novellas.

Compelling, touching, and memorable! Short stories for everyone - baby-boomers will relate - the young will learn! Well done, John I. Each piece of this author's past will touch a different emotion. I experienced laughter, tears, and excitement. I could easily delve into each story and give you a review, but I'd rather say you should not omit reading each and every one of these. Jones certainly has the gift of penning past events of his life using excellent dialogues, descriptions, and emotions. I enjoyed how John sorted the stories beginning with his youth, then moving into his adult years. His style, in my opinion, is right there with Rick Bragg and Lewis Grizzard, two very talented writers. Many parts of these stories will stick with me for a long time. In fact, I've purchased a paperback of 'Alabama Stories' for a longtime friend of mine who also recalls this period in time in the South. I highly recommend this fine work. Thank you, John I. for a top-shelf read! Keep writin'... and smilin'.

The author is a born story-teller. Every story in this collection is a joy to read. The reader enters a world where ordinary people come alive on the page. I felt as though I was sitting in the corner watching each character as they interacted with another. I was fascinated from start to finish. What a talented writer! If you knew nothing about the people of the South in the USA this novel will both enlighten and educate you while giving you great pleasure. What more can a reader ask for? Being an ex-South African my favorite story was the first one, PREJUDICE. The way the author depicts the young boy's naiveté is brilliant. The relationship between Gladys and Horace brings to mind how people behaved once. --Juliet Aharoni Amazon customer

Set in Alabama over a period of fifty years beginning in the late 1940s, this exquisite collection of fifteen short stories provides snapshots into the lives of different characters. The link between the stories is Billy, AKA William Vernon Johnson. Though they can be read as stand-alone stories, the collection chronicles the life of young Billy from a young boy to a man enjoying his role as a grandfather. Billy/William narrates several stories, but many of the stories are told in the third person, allowing for human experience to be revealed from several different perspectives. Author John Isaac Jones writes with elegant simplicity, yet his narrative is rich with detail and the keen observation of the human character. Jones's easy-going and familiar story-telling voice and descriptions place the reader in the heart of each story. The stories are simply told yet contains a paradox, an irony, a heartfelt lesson in love and life. There are many stories painting the portraits of the diverse people in William's life, but the final story, GRANDFATHERS, brings the collections to a heartwarming close. William draws parallels between his experiences with his grandfather, and his experiences as a grandfather with his own grandson, and brings the collection to a satisfying conclusion: "Both knew instinctively that nothing could stop the eternal transition from the old to the new. The forward movement of the big wheel was an undeniable certainty. ALABAMA STORIES provides a beautifully understated and compelling glimpse into human experience. --Reviewer Maya Fleischmann for IndieReader