A Place Called Wiregrass by Michael Morris

By Michael Morris

Erma Lee is at the run . . . working from an abusive husband . . . working from a mom who does not care -- by no means cared. working from a soul-numbing manufacturing unit activity that has held her down her complete existence ... Erma Lee and her granddaughter, Cher, flee to the city of Wiregrass, Alabama, to flee the previous and begin over -- or so Erma Lee thinks. Erma Lee types an not likely friendship with omit Claudia, an aged socialite who's hiding a couple of information about her personal previous. existence in Wiregrass is varied for Erma Lee and Cher, for right here they locate mercy and promise -- till, that's, the day Cher's convict father arrives on the town, forcing all 3 girls to return to phrases with buried secrets and techniques.

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Kasi, Laurel’s mama, appeared out of nowhere. I barely knew the woman who lived in the double-wide across from me. Her bleached white hair was shorter than Mama’s and stuck up all over the top of her head. To look at Kasi, you’d think she never ran a brush through that spiky mess. She approached me as I tinkered under the hood of the car, mumbling every cuss word I knew. ” When I leaned from under the car hood displaying my evil eye, as Cher calls it, she took a step backward. “I just . . ” She took a drag on her cigarette and pulled down her already too tight black T-shirt with a face resembling Vince Gill spray-painted across her bosom.

The soft piano music coming from the center of the room seemed too dignified for a fit of laughter. When the man in the white dinner jacket sat us outside on the balcony, I was relieved. The clapping of rotating sprinklers on the fairway would help to weaken any misbehavior that might burst forth. Finally the picture of Prune Face bent over, pointing with her skinny finger, was too much. Cher looked at me like I’d lost my senses when I erupted. Unfortunately, Miss Claudia had just taken a sip of iced tea and spat the liquid across the table.

Turning around three times, trying to remember where the eggs were, I suddenly felt lost. ” Her smile was warm and comforting, like someone who wanted to keep a secret. No, don’t fall into that trap. I’ve told her too much as it is. Lord only knows how much she heard. “You’re just all to pieces. ” She patted the wooden chair like she was enticing a disobedient child to behave. I was sure she was gonna tell me if I don’t leave my personal problems at the house, she’d have to let me go. My heart moved up to my throat again.

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