Friday Fiction – When the heart of a man gets pulled loose

Friday Fiction

Friday Fiction – When the heart of a man gets pulled loose

When the heart of a man gets pulled loose, he starts dying. I started dying a year ago and I’m still working on it. I ain’t going all at once, I’m going piece by piece. If you was to see me pushing the plow or chopping wood, you’d figure me a whole person—a heaving, hauling, hard of muscle and stinking of sweat man. But the truth is I ain’t been whole since this same day last year. It ain’t my skin and bones what’s dying, it’s my soul. My body’s still walking around, doing chores and taking orders from folks like Missus Mayfield, but my soul… that’s lying out on Cross Corner Road alongside Delia.

In the year gone by, I suffered more misery than God ought to expect a man to bear. Now I come to where I can’t take no more. It ain’t easy leaving a place where you was born, but I got Isaac to think of and the boy deserves better. I ain’t gonna say if this is a good decision or not; but come tomorrow morning Isaac and me is leaving here and we ain’t never gonna look back at Alabama.

This is a place of shame and misery. The shame of a man called boy and the misery of losing what you love. ‘Course, to understand the size of my misery, you’d have to know how it was with me and Delia.

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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