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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Appropriate Dress for Visiting Someone Who’s Not Home

September 1st, 2020|

I was on my way home to Alabama, traveling from Wichita, Kansas, where I was halfway through grad school at Wichita State. It was the Dog Days of August, and man did those hounds need water because it was tin-roof hot. My traveling companions were Mike McCauley and his wife Susan, or maybe I should say I was their traveling companion because we were in their car. (We couldn't have been in mine, not because mine was in the shop but because I didn't have one.) Mike, who usually goes by Michael but for some reason has always let me call him Mike, was from Atlanta, and he and Susan were headed home to visit his family. Since you have to go through Alabama to get to Georgia, if you're coming from Kansas that is, they were nice enough to let me hitch a ride. I actually did more than ride; I took my turn driving, which is how I got into a little trouble with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. We were in North Mississippi, headed to [...]

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