Suzanne Hudson is the author of two literary novels, In a Temple of Trees and In the Dark of the Moon. Her short fiction has been anthologized in Stories from the Blue Moon Café, volumes I, II, and IV; The Alumni Grill; Climbing Mt. Cheaha; A Kudzu Christmas: Twelve Mysterious Tales; A State of Laughter; Christmas Stories from the South’s Best Writers; Delta Blues; Men Undressed: Women Writers on the Male Sexual Experience and The Shoe Burnin’ Stories of Southern Soul. Her short story collection, Opposable Thumbs, was a finalist for a John Gardner Fiction Book Award.
“She is the best among us. Suzanne Hudson’s new collection is cause for celebration; it brings together some of the finest short stories written in the South in the last decade or so. It is anchored by her story “Opposable Thumbs,” which is fast becoming, like O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard To Find” and Welty’s “Why I Live At The P. O,” a Southern classic…”
Excerpt from All the Way to Memphis
When she saw the figure in the distance, on the side of the highway, she knew immediately what she would do. Clista was nothing like the sort to pick up a hitchhiker, but she would certainly make an exception on this day, as she put her life, her profession, her town behind her, making a sure-to-be futile attempt to run away. This was a day of making all kinds of breaks, a day for the shattering of facades, the clattering of realities, a day to step out of character and try to locate her self, if there ever was such a thing. It made a crazy kind of ironic sense to pick up a hitcher, who, as she drew closer, looked more and more like a teenage girl, finally becoming one, sturdy but slight of frame, like a gymnast. Certainly not threatening, like the haggard and tattooed serial-killer stereotype that had forever lived in Clista’s wagon-circled mind. She pulled to the shoulder of the road and watched in the rearview mirror as the girl gathered up her things and bounded toward the waiting vehicle. Catching her own eyes in the reflecting oval of silvered glass, she saw a shadow of the emotion and primal fear that had captured her in the pre-dawn hours this morning, when she shot and killed her husband of forty-something years.
“Beginning with ‘The Fall of the Nixon Administration,’ I could not get enough of this fine new collection of short stories. Suzanne Hudson writes about what Southerners do when faced with dire circumstances. It ain’t always pretty, but sure as hell is readable. With pen in hand, Hudson is a tornado looking for a trailer. Look out! You might get blown away.”
—Marshall Chapman, singer, songwriter, and author of Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller and They Came to Nashville
In the Dark of the Moon
“Hudson’s latest foray into the gothic South is masterful, a riveting tale of family secrets and lost daughters, what may well be a classic novel.”
In a Temple of Trees
“This brutal, eloquent novel takes the old theme of Southern racial conflict and rewrites it in the present, playing out a drama of the damage caused by festering secrets.”