"Don't miss this wonderful read. I loved it."
-Haywood Smith, NY Times and USA Today best selling author of The Red Hat Club, Ladies of the Lake, and Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch
"I knew when I purchased "Don't Shoot Your Mule" that Beth Duke was "red hot" at the conclusion of Delaney's People and would in all probability produce another power-packed book with an economy of words within a flood of emotions more often seen in poetry or the masterworks of the days before word processing than generally available today. What I did not expect was that her writing would be every bit as captivating as when she was "that great new find" from North Alabama. As indicated by others who reviewed DSYM, I feel a kinship to these people who are great, flawed individuals and though I loved the feeling of relating to her characters and their predicaments, I never once felt that she was plowing old ground. Thank you, Beth, for letting the world see again that you are a delightful proof that solid, Southern literature remains with us and is as vibrant as ever."
-P. Vaughan Russell
"The South Has Produced Another Great Writer
This book came to me as a birthday gift from a friend who knows I am a big fan of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. I am now a big fan of Beth Duke, too! What a beautiful and attentive writer she is! Duke is a wonderful wordsmith and makes masterful use of multiple POV first-person narration to introduce her unforgettable characters and tie together the events of their southern lives, viewed from their unique perspectives. It is a novel formed of 21 short stories, each one self-contained but connected to the others. A less capable writer could not deliver this book, because it would surely bog down with repetitive narration. Duke leaves out all that is unnecessary, which results in a storyline that keeps moving and reads almost like a screenplay—she gets into a scene as late as possible, and out of it as soon as possible. The effect is especially welcome because, in an economy of words, the reader gets a big story and much to ponder. Thank you, Beth Duke, for creating Delaney's People."
-Bower Yousse, Author of Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football
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"Beth Duke is one of those writers who leave you shaking your head when you’ve finished reading, muttering, 'Dang, I wish I’d written that.'
It All Comes Back to You is one of those stories you need to savor.
You want to put the book down so as to have more to read tomorrow, but you can’t. It becomes attached to you, a part of you.
As does she.
I catch myself smiling when I’m reading her stories. They pull you in, and take you on a wild ride, but she returns you home at the end, safe and sound, and forever changed.
But for the better.
Beth Duke is a wordsmith of the best kind and her stories rank with the best in classic Southern fiction."
-Dan Brown, Author of The Lunch Box and Reunion