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True Facts, Tall Tales, and Pure Fiction (Southwestern Writers Collection Series)

This volume brings together five essays that Mr. King considers “true facts, ” ten that constitute “tall tales, ” and four short stories that he classifies as “pure fiction.” All of these pieces represent an ongoing attempt to define and understand his native place and his mind’s country. They cover subjects ranging from a rape trial to dubious recipes and points between: writing, politics, Little League baseball, Texas basketball, racial integration in the military, dogs, sinning, and stories of troubled lives.Texas native Larry L. King, journalist, novelist, and author of the Broadway hit The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, has always excelled at magazine essays, and this collection brings together some of his best work. Arranged thematically in the three categories of the title, some are more factual than others, but what they all have in common is King’s graceful writing, which can range from heart-breaking to hilarious. A piece on a family tragedy in the distant past that has haunted him is especially poignant, and a visit to a modern political convention is hysterically funny. This book is a treat for long-time King fans, and is also a good introduction for those not yet familiar with his distinct view of the world.

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