Opal, by Diane Thomas-Plunk, is a collection of related short stories set in 1950s rural Mississippi. Opal is a middle-aged, reclusive spinster who doesn’t seek out the world at large, but gathers up her courage when she must.
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Stripped of the guise of pretense,
I unfasten the sash of distrust
And let it fall softly at your feet.
Unencumbered by falseness,
Uncovered by deceit,
I am nothing more than I am
Standing here waiting for you.
IT’s OFFICIAL!! I’ve been accepted as one of the more than sixty authors and artists to display our work at the annual Mississippi Book Festival in August on the grounds and surrounding area of the state capitol in Jackson, MS. In addition to our area, there’s a section for book sellers and another for children’s books. Inside the capitol will be individual speakers and a variety of panels. Publishers’ reps will also be circulating. This is the third year of the “literary lawn party” which last year drew 6,500 guests. I am so honored that my application passed muster. If you’re in the area, come see me.
Really enjoyed being back in my old stomping grounds to do an Opal book signing — and visit with old friends. The following is a post after the event from an attendee. SO generous in her observations.
“A delightful time with dear friend, author and former colleague, Diane Thomas-Plunk at her book signing event yesterday. Her new book, Opal, is another of her endearing, insightful views of life in the South. Diane weaves her magic through the pages, inviting us to an intimate view of Opal’s world.”
The birth was not a joyous one. Just another little Irish girl born in The Pinch, an area in Memphis next to the Wolf River lagoon, so named for the pinched look of the underfed residents. Mary Elizabeth saw the birth’s blessing, however.
“Katie, Molly, come see your new little sister,” she called as soon as the midwife allowed. “What a precious blessing she is to push the sad shadows from our hearts.” It was exactly five weeks and one day since her husband’s funeral mass. Michael James was buried in consecrated ground at Calvary Cemetery, but there was no money for a marker. No matter. Few outside The Pinch cared for the death of a poor Irishman anyway.
“She can carry her Da’s name since she’ll never know him. It will honor him sure. We’ll be calling her Mary Michael.”
from a reader —
“I just finished reading Opal and I want to tell you that we are so impressed with your skill and sensitivity. You are an outstanding story-teller!! I don’t know whether you were intentional but the variety of the tales you told certainly demonstrated the breadth of your writing ability–from quiet drama to thriller and, even, comedy.”
“OPAL is not soon to be forgotten for it delights readers with a character so perfectly described and understood that one finishes the stories and hungers for sequels.”
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