It Falls Gently All Around ~ Ramona Reeves


Happiness and connection prove fickle in this debut collection of eleven linked stories introducing Babbie and Donnie. She is a thrice-divorced former call girl, and he is a sobriety-challenged trucker turned yogi. Along with their community of exes, in-laws, and coworkers, Babbie and Donnie share a longing to reforge their lives, a task easier said than done in Mobile, Alabama, which bears its own share of tainted history. Despite overwhelming challenges and the ever-looming specters of status, race, and class, the characters in It Falls Gently All Around and Other Stories strive for versions of the American dream through modern and often unconventional means. Told with humor and honesty, these stories remind us not only about the fallibility of being human and the resistance of some to change but also about finding redemption in unlikely places.

Ramona Reeves grew up in Alabama. She has won the Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize and been an A Room of Her Own fellow and a resident at the Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts. Her writing has appeared in the Southampton ReviewNew SouthBayou MagazineTexas Highways, and others.

Further reading

Read: Hope Chest, superstition review

Review: forthcoming

Prompt: Make a list of your most treasured possessions. Now pick three and describe them using as much specificity as you can. Pick one of these items and start writing about how this item came into your possession. Allow yourself to go in any direction you wish to.

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