On a Darkling Plain:
Stories of The Great Depression

Betty Jean Tucker

These ten stories are all either set in the Great Depression or provide a retrospect on the same. “My Sister Callie” [herein published as “Callie”] was chosen by Martha Foley for her then annual anthology of Best American Short Stories, and it garnered praise from no less than William Carlos Williams, who called that story “brilliant.” All these stories, whether their mood is dark as befit the Depression, or light, could certainly fit in that same category. This is not only an artful collection; it is an historical document.

ISBN: 978-1-604891300, Hard cover, $32.00                Sale $16.00

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 176 Pages

  About the Author: 

Betty Jean Tucker was a teenager when the Great Depression ended with the onset of World War II. This is her first published collection. She served as an educator in Alabama and received her degree from the University of Montevallo.

 Excerpt From the Book:

“Fact is, George, I didn’t even know you had any children, especially not a good-looker like this one.” He leered again, and she stared in revulsion at the tight grey pinkness of his under lip.Uncle George guffawed and slapped his knees. “Lord, man, we still ain’t got no young’uns. You know, me and Edna don’t gee-haw thataway. This here’s Stella’s girl Sissy. We took her to raise when Stella died. Been a while now, ain’t it, gal?”
She nodded, listened to a discussion of the man’s rank in the family as a distant cousin, the prosperity of his Blue Moon Café in a northern county, suffered through some more leers and remarks about her appearance and went to bed.