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scrivener
06-22-2007, 10:52 PM
Title: The Laying Out of Gussie Hoot
Author(s): Fraser, Margot
Publication Date: 1990
Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
Format: Print
ISBN: 0-87074-317-1
Price: $17.95
Logline: "Gussie Hoot was counting her money. Same as she did every morning of the world. It was a thing you could depend on, like noon... "

So begins this delightful novel that is part intriguing mystery, part comedy of manners. Within just a few pages the irascible Gussie Hoot lies dead, murdered even as she performed her beloved daily task. As the quest for her killer unreels, so too does a colorful panorama of life in a small Texas ranch town -- a town peopled by as richly varied a cast of characters as you will ever come across.

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scrivener
06-22-2007, 11:32 PM
Title: Hardship
Author(s): Margot Fraser
Publication Date: 1993
Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
Format Print Trade Paperback and Hardcover
ISBN: 0-87074-338-4
Price: $14.95
Logline: Wars have always engendered adversity for Americans -- not just for the men and women who served in the armed forces, but also for those who remained at home. Margot Fraser's Hardship powerfully dramatizes the destructive effects of World War II on a family of ranching Texans. The mother, whose story this is, has no choice but to keep going -- enduring emotional as well as physical hardship -- as she watches her family disintegrate. Yet the governing message of the novella affirms the resiliency of the human spirit. The harsh, awe-inspiring beauty of the Big Bend country of West Texas is a fitting backdrop to the woman's persistence and courage. (From the Introduction to Careless Weeds: six Texas novellas edited by Tom Pilkington.)

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