The Greats of Cuttercane
Nov 29, 2011
Author: Terry Kay
Hardcover: 195 pages
Publisher: Mercer Univ Pr (October 30, 2011)
These are stories of people born in Cuttercane, Georgia, the place of Asa’s Spring, and who earned minor celebrity from the townsfolk’s highest praise: “He (she) is something else, ain’t he (she)?” .......It means exactly what it implies: the person referenced has made a name for him (her) self in some manner — Asa, the drunk, becoming a war hero; the reigning heavyweight lard watermelon champion and Indian terror, Newell Proudfoot, in a grudge match against the Prichard twins; Felton Eugene Weaver’s rise from whiskey runner to Hollywood movie fame; Elmo Parker and Monroe Dawson in a showdown baseball game between the Claybank Textile Tigers and the Jefferson Bluejays; and, last, the stunning Mattie Mae Blair’s career as the striptease artist, Princess Salome.
I love a good Southern tall tale and I find that these types of stories don't really come around that often anymore. So when you come across a book of these stories, written by one of our most beloved Southern authors - it's something to smile wide about.
Terry has filled this book with colorful characters, many with warm hearts, a few filled with jealousy and other hurtful things. But each character is interesting and keeps your nose firmly in the book.
Mattie Mae's story starts out raunchy and amusing, but in the end becomes the perfect love story. Newell, well you can't help but admire him as he takes on two bothersome bullying brothers that are at least half his age. My favorite though is Felton and his 15 minutes of movie stardom that practically gives his mother a heart attack.
Really enjoyable stories that you can go back and read many times over.