Short Call (Hardcover)

Snippets from the Smallest Places in Texas, 1935-2000 (Texas Folklore Society Extra Book #24)

By Joyce Gibson Roach

University of North Texas Press, 9781574415735, 160pp.

Publication Date: December 8, 2014

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Joyce Gibson Roach has collected “snippets” of stories, recipes, and traditions of life in Turtle, Texas, which represents many small towns—and the people who inhabit them. Many of the younger generations leave such towns, finding both place and society crumbling. Those who’ve stayed are finding new and interesting ways to put themselves and their places back together. Both the short and long pieces herein are about the folks who’ve elected to stay generation after generation, knowing that for them wherever they’ve stayed is still the Home Place. The characters’ viewpoints are personal, sometimes agreeing with facts found in history books and sometimes not.

About the Author

JOYCE GIBSON ROACH is the author of The Cowgirls from UNT Press. She lives in Keller, Texas.