Praise for Parlous Angels
Ed Southern was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and began making up characters and stories shortly after. Before he was 10 years old, his mother had decided that “either this child is going to be a writer, or we’re going to have to spend a fortune on therapy for him.”  (Whether that was a valid either/or proposition is still to be determined.) Southern’s previous work, all nonfiction, includes The Jamestown Adventure, Voices of the American Revolution in the Carolinas, and Sports in the Carolinas.  He lives in Winston-Salem, and is executive director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
Parlous Angels
stories by Ed Southern

8.5 x 5.5 paperback
184 pages
“Ed Southern's stories are about hard work and hard times and what is required of a boy to become a man in such a place and time. They are also about class—that taboo subject in America—and about anger, love, and yearning. Carefully written, with the best dialogue I've read in years, these terrific and utterly original stories are made to last—like a stone pathway or a brick wall.”
  — Lee Smith, author of On Agate Hill and The Last Girls

”Ed Southern has written a luminous collection of stories, chronicling the life and times of several generations of a family in the North Carolina piedmont. As the time and place become more complex, so do the people evolve from rural working-class men to urban intellectuals with new moral conflicts to contend with. This is a thoughtful and perceptive work, written with skill and affection by a Tarheel born and bred.”
  — Sharyn McCrumb, author of St. Dale and Once Around the Track

"“Workmen Put a New Roof on Salem's Single Sisters' House," was used couresty of Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Winston-Salem, NC. The Single Sisters' House is a national landmark of women’s achievement. It is the earliest remaining building in the remarkable history of Salem Academy and College, the olderst all-women's college in the US, est 1772. Built in 1785, Single Sisters' House was enlarged in 1819 and is one of the most significant buildings in the history of women’s education in the United States. The Single Sisters' House was recently restored, and in April 2007 it was dedicated anew to all of the women who have passed through Salem’s halls. 

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Ed Southern
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