"Fig newtons" of the imagination and memory abound in this collection of twenty-two stories by Texas women: the magical moment when a dying grandmother teaches Sue Ellen to dance; the red shoes Tammy the Tupperware Princess dons in New Orleans; weekends of escape and sisterhood spent in El Paso's McCoy Hotel. The stories chosen here--and introduced and placed in historical and literary context by Sylvia Ann Grider and Lou Halsell Rodenberger--weave a story of their own: the story of women's writing in the Lone Star State, from 1865 to the present. Authors include Beverly Lowry, Carolyn Osborn, Annette Sanford, Denise Chavez, Katherine Anne Porter, Judy Alter, Joyce Gibson Roach, and fifteen others. As Susan Ford Wiltshire writes in "The Quilt," "any grief was bearable if you could tell a story about it or make a story of out it." Texas women have borne grief and laughter, hope and memory by telling a story.
Folklorist Sylvia Grider is an associate professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University, where she teaches classes in folklore and Texas cultural history. A specialist in material culture, she is currently researching the creation of spontaneous shrines at sites of disaster and catastrophe.Lou Halsell Rodenberger, professor emeritus of English at McMurry University, has written essays and articles on Texas and southwestern women writers. Her most recent book is" Texas Women Writers: ""A"" Tradition of Their Own, " co-edited with Sylvia Grider, and published by Texas A&M University Press. Other works include "Her Work: Stories by Texas Women" and" Jane Gilmore Rushing, " a monograph-length study in the Western Writers Series.
"Lula wondered if the Halloween alps boys had been a mirage, a fig newton of her imagination, as she and her brothers had called it in their youth."
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