Created By: JesseMB27 on July 25, 2014 Last Edited By: JesseMB27 on July 29, 2014

Brown's Pine Ridge Stories

An anthology of autobiographical short stories by Gary Brown

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"As a hard-working farm boy, I used to dream of the day when I could leave the farm for the lights and excitement of the city. Now these years later, I find myself daydreaming of the late afternoon walks along the road in front of our farm. I can smell the honeysuckle and hear the chatter of the whip-poor-will. Then, I look at the moon and a canopy of twinkling stars and say, "Thank God for the privilege of being raised on a beautiful little farm in South Georgia known as "Brown's Pine Ridge".

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This work features examples of:

  • An Aesop: The first chapter ends with one.
  • Afraid of Needles: The author had this in his childhood as detailed in the second chapter.
  • Biography: An autobiographical anthology of short stories to be more exact.
  • Deep South: The setting is in rural south Georgia.
  • Friend to All Children: This is the basic description the author has of the fireman featured in the second chapter.
  • Genre Throwback: To works of the 1950s and 1960s prior to the The Rural Purge.
  • Idiot Hero: Gary Brown himself, and the author takes plenty of opportunities to acknowledge it.
  • Kick the Dog: The central trope regarding a chapter concerning Ole Strawberry.
  • Mood Whiplash: While there are some humorous stories, but there are also chapters that focus on tragic events that occurred to the author and his neighbors.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Not just only is Bonanza mentioned in the fourth story, but the outcome of a particular episode involving Ben Cartwright preventing an extrajudicial hanging from is discussed at one point.
    • In the same chapter, there is also a less obvious reference to the film American Graffiti in the form of naming a brand of whiskey "Old Harper's". The author couldn't recall the real brand of whiskey that was drunk by the delinquents who brought about Ole Strawberry's death and thus decided to use the name Old Harper's both as a place holder as well as an in-joke.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The author says this of Haley Coleman's daughters' resemblance to their mother.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Ole' Strawberry's bell.

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  • What Could Have Been: Three stories that were to be in the Brown's Pine Ridge Stories were removed at the recommendation of his wife and sons, who believed them to be too unrelated (one concerning car trunk malfunctions, one related to an attempt to have a judge impeached and removed in the aftermath of the acquittal of the perpetrators of the Alday murders, and one that was to be a biography of the author's father) to fit into the overall narrative of his childhood. He was initially opposed to the change, but eventually relented.
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