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Field Trip: Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by James Fowler

 

Tentative Publication Date: November 15, 2021

 

 

 

As a storyteller, James Fowler knows intimately the highways and byways of the mid-South, but

 

he is equally acquainted with the mysterious and sometimes uncharted pathways of human

 

experience. In Field Trip, he serves as an able, enlightening guide, taking us along with

 

characters who are alternately curious, befuddled, questioning, and sometimes even noble. It’s a

 

meaningful journey, flavored with ample humor and fun. What more could be asked?

 

 

--C. D. Albin, author of Hard Toward Home and Axe, Fire, Mule

 

 

 

James Fowler is extraordinarily able to write characters who have reached an inflection point.

 

Whether it’s the twelve-year-old in the stolen Avalon, the promiscuous assistant at the bowling alley,

 

the charming but complex family facing a recession, or even the whole town of Opal Spring, Fowler

 

catches each at a crisis of what the future might bring. You will neverforget their dilemmas.

 

--Steve Yates, author of Some Kinds of Love: StoriesThe Legend of the Albino Farm: A Novel, and others.

 

 

 

Field Trip immerses readers into the complexly intricate modern South. In the title story, 

 

Raylene notes, “when you’re trailer-born-and-bred, and can’t see nothin’ but trailer to come, it

 

can make you do foolish things.” Raylene has moved beyond that world, and Fowler’s stories

 

chart similar progress in characters so real, readers feel that they know them.

 

 

Lorie Watkins, editor of A Literary History of Mississippi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The author thanks those publications in which the following stories and essay first appeared.

 

Field Trip, The Chariton Review

 

Undertow, Zone 3

 

Borders, Forge

 

Curb Appeal, Willow Review

 

Flight, Line Zero

 

House of Tomorrow, Full Circle Journal

 

The Town, The Rambler Magazine

 

Fair Day, Cave Region Review

 

History, POMPA

 

Second Growth, Haunted Voices, Haunting Places

 

Season of the Witch, Colere

 

Natchez, Paper Nautilus; Best Indie Lit New England

 

The Cousins, Elder Mountain

 

A Civil Passion, Southern Cultures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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