The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul is a collection of the works of 24 diverse, talented southern writers and singers.

Excerpt from The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul

“Burning Blue” by Jennifer Paddock

I call my parents to see how everything is in Arkansas. It’s the first nice spring day in New York, and I want to tell my father about jogging through Central Park. My mother answers the phone and sounds different, distracted, and says she’ll call me back. I read the paper, watch television, and when my mother calls, she says my father has killed himself.


The Weight of Memory

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Point Clear: A Novel

“A subtle novel about an introspective young woman’s search for selfhood . . . A warm tale.”

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“Bold in its simplicity, honesty and precision. You may be picked up off your feet and spun around, but Paddock’s skill and heart will set you down just right.”

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sb_-book_coverThe Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul (2013)

The Weight of Memory (2012)

Point Clear: A Novel (2006)

A Secret Word: A Novel (2004)