The Half-Mammals of Dixie: Book Review

This is a post by Contributor Lori Horst. To learn more about Lori, go to the About page.

The Half-Mammals of Dixie by George Singleton is a collection of short stories by a South Carolinian author. Many stories poke fun at the silly and sometimes inexplicable ways of Southerners, but none are malicious.

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Most stories center around the comings and goings of the people who run booths at the Pickens Flea Market, but what could be a touching and light-hearted set of characters are actually a collection of people lacking morals.

From a faux fortune teller who lies to a little girl and then eventually kidnaps her to a man who can’t live down the fame of being in a lice documentary, the characters are human and often cringe-worthy.

This collection of stories, though well-written, is missing something and is also not for the faint of heart. Many characters make choices that seem to come out of nowhere and these choices sadly disconnect the reader from the story.

The potential for great stories certainly lies in the Pickens Flea Market, but Singleton doesn’t quite rise to the challenge of writing them.

Disclosure: This book was purchased by the reviewer and no compensation was received for the review. The Amazon links are affiliate links which means if you make a purchase using these links I receive a small percentage from the sale. Thank you for your support!

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