Mary  Miller-Biloxi

Mary Miller


Mary Miller grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Big World and Always Happy Hour, as well as the novels The Last Days of California and Biloxi. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, the Oxford American, New Stories from the South, Norton’s Seagull Book of Stories, The Best of McSweeney’s Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Mississippi Review, and many others. She is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of Texas and John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi with her husband, Lucky, and her dog, Winter.


Narrative Voices of the South

Mary Miller and George Singleton, in Biloxi and Staff Picks, respectively, bring the south to life. Come sit a spell and hear these authors discuss their quintessentially southern characters and how they are able to bring readers deep into the heart of Dixie in their writing.

Moderator: Anna Schachner

Anna Schachner has published short fiction and creative nonfiction in many journals and magazines, including Puerto del Sol, Ontario Review, and The Sun, and she writes about books and literary culture for publications such as The Guardian and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her novel You and I and Someone Else was a finalist for the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year award and for the Foreword Indie Awards. She now serves on the Board of Directors for Reforming Arts and teaches writing in the Georgia prison system. She lives in Atlanta, where she is the editor of The Chattahoochee Review.

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Louis McDonald, Jr. has been forlorn since his wife of thirty-seven years left him, his father passed, and he impulsively retired from his job in anticipation of an inheritance check that may not come. These days he watches reality television and tries to avoid his ex-wife and daughter, benefiting from the charity of his former brother-in-law, Frank, who religiously brings over his Chili’s leftovers and always stays for a beer. On a routine trip to Walgreens to pick up his diabetes medication, he stops at a sign advertising free dogs and meets an overweight mixed breed named Layla. Without any rational explanation, Louis feels compelled to take the dog home, and the two become inseparable. Louis, more than anyone, is dumbfounded to find himself in love—bursting into song with improvised jingles, exploring new locales, and reevaluating what he once considered the fixed horizons of his life. BUY THIS BOOK!

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