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The day before he leaves to fight in World War II, a Georgia farm boy tries to find a way to tell the neighbor girl he loves her....

Title : The Sweetgum Tree: A Short Story
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ISBN : 2940012244765
Format Type : Nook
Number of Pages : 0 Pages
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The Sweetgum Tree: A Short Story Reviews

  • JSidelinger
    2019-06-18 08:01

    There are times when you read a story and wonder why the writer felt the need to stretch it into a novel since it is filled with metaphors and overblown prose. There are other times when you read a story that is only a few pages long, but filled with a string of pearls so luminous you wish it were more than a short story. When I read a story or novel set in the South, I listen for the authentic voice and turn of phrase I heard growing up as a military brat and “The Sweetgum Tree” manages to capture those nuances perfectly. As I read Jonah’s story set on the day before his leaving home to report for the draft -- I was transported back to the farms, marshlands, woods, ridges, and valleys that makeup Georgia. I could remember again the feel of warm thick air in spring and summer; hear the loud build up of ree-ree-ree sounds from cicadas; the satisfying taste of sweet tea on a hot afternoon; the fragrance of the sweetgum leaves when gently crushed; and most of all see a gentle farm boy on the verge of manhood. There is a particular gift in writing a good short story and it is difficult to get just right -- “The Sweetgum Tree” exemplifies it at its best. Take a few minutes, pour yourself some tea, and be ready to be transported by this jewel of a story.