Item description for Blackberries, Blackberries by Crystal E Wilkinson...
An enchanting, haunting collection of stories by Crystal Wilkinson, a self-described Black, country girl and poet from rural Kentucky. The stories explore the joys and pain of the women of "Affrilachia", and will touch the reader profoundly.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 6.54" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Jul 7, 2000
Publisher Toby Press
ISBN 1902881346 ISBN13 9781902881348
Availability 0 units.
More About Crystal E Wilkinson
Wilkinson was a director of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington. She is a charter member of the Affrilachian Poets, and serves as chair of the creative writing department for the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts.
Reviews - What do customers think about Blackberries, Blackberries?
Gelato For the Soul Jul 16, 2007
Crystal Wilkinson's first collection of short stories is a feast for the senses, with imagery that lingers long after the stories end, and rich, finely drawn characters that invite you in to commune with the sisterhood that is black women, bringing to mind a kitchen filled with the tales of women's lives told as garden fresh vegetables cook on the stove. I will recommend this rising star to everyone I know!
D.J. Parhams, Author of The Blues for Annie Mae Jun 30, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed this book of short stories. Wilkinson has a great country dialect and appeal. She reminds me a great deal of another great short story writer, by the name of J. California Cooper. Her characters were real and compelling. Her first literary effort was great and definitely outstanding.
Ms. Wilkinson gave me the understanding and inspiration to complete my own work...hats off to this great author. I will forever cherish this book and I anxiously await her next project.
Wonderful Voice, Wonderful Stories Nov 22, 2006
This collection of short stories is told in a wonderful voice that sounds both black and Appalachian, which is no surprise as the stories are set in small town Kentucky with mostly African American characters. There are some real knock-out stories including "Waiting for the Reaper" about how a woman's life is colored by how she's always expecting/wanting to die and be with her loved ones. "Peace of Mind" is a monologue during one afternoon while a woman tries to have some time to herself and gets called by her ex husband and her kids and camp at her best friend while her lemonade melts; "Tipping the Scales" is a novel-in-miniature.
Beautifully written Aug 20, 2003
Blackberries, Blackberries is a beautifully written collection of short stories that manage to bring both laughter and tears to the reader as awareness of the realness of the stories captures the heart and mind. The stories explore mother-daughter relationships, love, soul searching, desire, loss, servitude, adultery, violence, and always the struggle to know one's self through characters that leap off the page immersing the reader in their daily lives. Wilkinson's use of vernacular and descriptions provide a taste of Kentucky that is all at once welcoming, unique, refreshing, familiar, provocative, comforting and honest.
How Sweet It Is! May 20, 2003
'The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice' is a phrase that is certainly applicable to the nectar that flows from Blackberries, Blackberries.
The short stories of this succulent read are rich, sweet and satisfying. Though the tales are short, they last forever in your memory. After each bite, you'll find yourself saying, "aahhh", "mmm", and other expressions that signify that your appetite has been quenched.
Blackberries, Blackberries is a collection of short stories of beautiful Black, southern women whose ages range from 8-80. Each woman is as uniqe as the tale she serves readers. The stories are creatively seasoned with wisdom, humor, romance, and other flavors that awaken your senses. Wilkinson arrests your attention with vivid scenes, animate characters, soothing sounds and tantilizing scents that will have you going back for 'second helpings'. Don't panic when the images leap from the pages; they are designed to make you feel at home in Kentucky.
Some of the delicacies that had me returning for seconds include: "The Awakening", "Chocolate Divine", "Mine", "Women's Secrets", "Tipping the Scales", "The Wonderer", and "Need". Wilkinson has prepared a delicious feast of stories, and there is plenty for everyone. No sharing please!