Iron Bridge Sunday and Other StoriesPublisher: Redhawk PublicationsISBN: 978-1-959346-22-7Genre: Short story collectionPrice: $17.00
Iron Bridge Sunday is a book of short stories set in the fictional Blue Ridge valley of Sycamore Cove. The stories span three time spans beginning with the author's ancestors, moving on to his father's generation, then to his own generation of the late 1950s. The stories range from humorous to tragic and most have a poignancy that reaches to today. Strong dialogue, dialect and character development make the book exceptional.
Les Brown grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Mississippi, Hattiesburg and is Professor Emeritus of Gardner-Webb University. His stories and visual art have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Moonshine Review, and Kakalak. His poetry is in journals such as Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Main Street Rag, and Still: The Journal. A Pushcart Nominee, and winner of the Poet Laureate Award of the NCPS, Les lives in Troutman, NC. His chapbooks, A Place Where Trees Had Names (2020), Cold Forge (2022), and his short story collection, Iron Bridge Sunday (2024) are published by Redhawk Publications.
IRON BRIDGE SUNDAY is the most beautiful collection of pitch perfect short stories that I have ever encountered—each one encompassing a whole existence. These hard lives are held together by love, cruelty, necessity, family lore and custom and hard work …..and Les Brown writes the best dialogue I’ve ever read, hands down. I hope Iron Bridge Sunday will find the wide readership it deserves.Lee Smith
Iron Bridge Sunday is a wonderful book. Brown is a master of regional dialect, and his humor is laugh out loud funny as his characters wend their way through their lives, but there is also a poignancy, and as we read the last powerful line, we feel the heartache of a place and people lost to time. Les Brown is one of our Appalachia’s most gifted storytellers.Ron Rash