Family Reunion: And Other Stories by Berry Fleming

By Berry Fleming

Bob Otis, an unmarketable writer who's simply beginning his personal publishing corporation so as to get his most up-to-date novels in print, is all of sudden sidetracked whilst a relative, so far away that Otis doesn’t even position him, telephones from Chicago with a request: his father, who has simply died, needs to be buried within the relatives plot in a small city in Georgia.
 
This name results in one other exceptional comedy of manners as Otis, whose Southern feel of responsibilities won’t enable him to fully stay away from this venture, is reluctantly sucked right into a relations reunion on the burial web site: a burial attended via a solid of splendidly eccentric characters who even have no wisdom of the deceased.
 
This novella is a right away descendant of Fleming’s prior comedian novels: Colonel Effingham’s Raid, Lucinderella, and Captain Bennett’s Folly. certainly, a number of the zany, colourful, and irreverent characters of Lucinderella and Captain Bennett make their reappearances right here, as does his fictional city of Fredericksville.
 
in lots of methods, this novel is equivalent to Federico Fellini’s movie vintage 8 1/2, the place the Italian director is surrounded via the characters in his existence and in his motion pictures. Fleming (who was once additionally pressured to self-publish his books in the course of his a long time of anonymity) brings to lifestyles his roots and his creations with a very good mix of satire, mirrored image, and nostalgia.
 
as well as Family Reunion are a few tremendous examples of the author’s reward for brief fiction: items that contact the guts, the humorous bone, and the imagination.

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