Marlin Barton If readers still care about great Southern fiction, and I hope they do, they should be reading Marlin Barton. - Brad Watson, Author of Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives and Miss Jane arrow_back arrow_forward Newest Book Available - Pasture Art Marlin Barton's Alabama is dangerous as a rattlesnake, dark as a mine, and deep as a well. Electrifying. Cary Holladay, Author of Horse People: Stories arrow_back arrow_forward Newest Book Available - Pasture Art A captivating third fiction collection, reminiscent of Larry Brown’s gritty Southern storytelling. Publishers Weekly arrow_back arrow_forward Latest Book Release PASTURE ART The past and present are joined here in stories, all set in nearby towns in the Alabama Black Belt, that demonstrate the never-ending struggle for understanding and connection. Bookshop
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Marlin Barton is the first recipient of the Capote Prize for short fiction. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also teaches creative writing in a program for juvenile offenders called Writing Our Stories, created by the Alabama Writers’ Forum.

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A captivating third fiction collection…

…reminiscent of Larry Brown’s gritty Southern storytelling.

This fine assembly of seven short stories and one novella from Barton is set in his native state of Alabama. The well-plotted novella, “Playing War,” has vivid characters including Carrie Fuller, a dental assistant in her 40s, who clashes with her brusque husband, Foster. A lifelong deer hunter, he heads a gang of fellow enthusiasts, including his employee Dale Tilghman. He confides in Carrie’s father, an arthritic retiree, how the hunting accident that killed his older brother, Bruce, came while the bored hunters played “a game of war.” Adding to the tension, Bruce was Carrie’s lover while she and Foster dated. After her father repeats the tale to her, Carrie suspects Foster murdered Bruce in retaliation. Carrie’s investigation revs up the domestic strife, but the author smartly keeps things restrained… read more…

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These are savage, haunting stories of devastating rivalry and secret love

Marlin Barton’s Alabama is dangerous as a rattlesnake, dark as a mine, and deep as a well. Electrifying.

Cary Holladay, Author of Horse People: Stories

The stories in Pasture Art rank with those masters of the form

Marlin Barton writes about people in small town Alabama with an unassuming artistry that makes them as real and memorable as the Pennsylvanians of Updike and O’Hara, and the Russians of Chekov.

Dan Wakefield, Author of Going All the Way and New York in the Fifties

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An Old Kentucky Home That’s Not in Kentucky

August 2nd, 2020|

I'm not sure how many times I've toured the childhood home of Thomas Wolfe in Asheville, North Carolina, but my most memorable visit to the rambling old boarding house, called, oddly enough, Old Kentucky Home, is a time when I could not enter it, could not even see inside through a porch window, though, as memory serves, the house should have been open for tours on the afternoon I arrived in the fall of '95 with a dark-haired lady friend (yes, I know, an old-fashioned term, "lady friend," that is, not "dark-haired," but one that best fits, or so it seemed then and still does now-also the title of a great song by the Byrds that you might want to seek out, really). She'd never seen the house, and so we were both disappointed, and a little frustrated, at not being able to enter, plus it was beginning to turn cold, and I'd harbored the hope that it might be warmer inside, though old rambling houses with 90-foot ceilings don't always deliver on heat. I'm sure Thomas [...]