Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day One Hundred Ninety-Nine: "I'm Working on my Charm" by Dorothy Allison

Example.

A young Southern girl watches her mom and learns by example to waitress. The tips that are made, the ploys undertaken to get them, the judgments that are made about patrons and the bets the waitresses make regarding who will tip the most or the least make this story worth the read. There is a real distinction the mother in the story (and inherently the author herself) is making about Yankees versus Southerners.

It's a story about the type of hospitality and charm that both make and break young women in the South. This was a very smart and engaging read. Nice job by a fantastic southern female voice.

2 comments:

SLC said...

Is there some subtle commentary in this about how we Yankees can't hold a candle to Southern hospitality? (Is it our fault the cold winters drive everyone indoors into isolation?)

Though I confess there is something about that Southern draw that is far more welcoming than any of our accents.

Not that I have an accent.

SLC said...

(This may be double-posted. Apologies if so.)

Is this some sort of commentary on how we Yankees can't hold a candle to you Southerners in terms of hospitality? (As if it's our fault the cold winters drive us all indoors into isolation.)

Though I confess there is something about a Southern drawl that seems much more welcoming than any of our Yankee accents.

Not that I have an accent. At all. You all talk funny, not us.