After spending 50 years examining subjects such as the malaise of post-civil war life, the traumatic evolution of race relations and the intensely personal facets of faith and addiction, William Cobb has firmly established himself as a senior statesman of the American South. More than a sampling of Cobb’s best work, this anthology serves as an inspired and bittersweet history of a place and people too often misunderstood and marginalized. Its entries are arranged chronologically, not by original publication date, with the aim of creating a text which falls between history, best-of and memoir.
Praise for Sweet Home: Stories of Alabama
William Cobb writes with uncommon clarity, beauty, and mastery of his subject matter. His stories seem to rise up out of the earth and begin speaking on their own without even looking around to notice who wrote them. He is a writer’s writer and his prose is seamless. Each story seems like a bolt of finely cut silk.
Pat Conroy (author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and The Water is Wide)