Redd’s Story “Half-Day Christmas” featured on Steel Toe Review

Half-Day Christmas," a story about how divorce breaks up Christmas and a father tries to make sure he doesn't lose his daughter in the process, is now featured on Steel Toe Review, a journal of contemporary Southern arts & Literature. It is taken from Redd's collection, Taking the Cure, which was a semi-finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award.

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I did too tell him that, and what else I told him will cut him to the quick. It’s funny Darlene’s new husband—you remember, that dick Richard?—don’t pay attention to my advice when I come over to the new house he built them and see the foundation already cracking, and I say, “Hey, better let me patch that up before it rains and your basement’s flooding. Might be the wood’s rotting and you could fall through the floor.” No, they think I’m just looking for a way to finagle some money. Well, I am needing money, but I’m not just looking for that: It might make me giggle to think of Richard slipping through the floor and breaking his leg. But I sure don’t want to have to go in their house to pick up my sweet baby girl Janna and find out she’s living in a three-story house…

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Redd’s Collection of Stories, Taking the Cure, Receives Honor

James Madison Redd’s collection of interrelated short stories, Taking the Cure, has been announced as a semi-finalist for the 2012 St. Lawrence Book Award in Fiction. See the list of finalists here. “Half-Day Christmas,” a story from the collection, is upcoming from Steel Toe Review this month.


Advance praise for Redd’s collection:

Taking the Cure, a collection of interrelated short stories, sees life through the perspective of the Southern and marginalized. Unfairly pushed to the fringes of polite Southern society, homosexuals and their children, ex-husbands and widowers, beggars and addicts, are just trying to live a happy life. The community claims that these “sinners” need redemption through either the church, prison, or rehabilitation. Yet these institutions’ “remedies” can cause great harm. Redd’s fiction proves that people who suffer need, not a judgmental, vengeful, and distant God,  but acceptance, compassion, and understanding from the rest of humanity.”

According to the press, “Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book.”