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Author Ruffin, Paul, author.

Title The time the waters rose : & stories from the Gulf Coast / Paul Ruffin.

Publication Info. Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Fiction    FIC RUFFIN,P    Available
 PAS La Pintoresca Branch Fiction    FIC RUFFIN,P    Available
Description xi, 288 pages ; 22 cm
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Summary "Writer Paul Ruffin celebrates the mysteries of the sea in the short story collection The Time the Waters Rose. From shrimp boat captains to shipyard workers, Ruffin's characters are men who drink, swear, fight, and sometimes kill, but what unifies them is that all-embracing magic of the Gulf coast and the barrier islands. While some are drawn to the Gulf for its mystery, others are there simply to earn a living, and all are unforgettable, from the bawdy, snuff-dipping, rednecks to the land-locked shipbuilder who erects a ship in his suburban backyard to the salty old freethinker aboard The Drag Queen who gives his evangelical shipmate hell for suggesting they say grace beforelunch. The title story, which Ruffin started writing as a ten-year-old bored with traditional Biblical tales, is an irreverent, satirical retelling of the epic Noah story. All the other tales are set in and around the Mississippi coast, but they are not your typical sea and fishing yarns. While some of the stories may seem far-fetched, they are all drawn from Ruffin's experiences and are rich with tactile descriptions of the Pascagoula River and its surrounding marshlands, from the sun and shadow play of the open waters to the powerful thunderheads and squalls that arise at a moment's notice over the islands of the Gulf"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Time the waters rose -- Devilfish -- Hands of John Merchant -- Islands, women, and God -- Mystery in the surf at Petit Bois -- Drag queen and the southern cross -- Excerpt from "Pompeii man" -- Cleo.
Added Title Short stories. Selections
The time the waters rose : and stories from the Gulf Coast
Other Form: Online version: Ruffin, Paul, author. Time the waters rose. Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, [2016] 9781611176155 (DLC) 2015047522
ISBN 9781611176148 (paperback ; alk. paper)
161117614X (paperback ; alk. paper)

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