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.
The book may be purchased through amazon, barnesandnoble, booksamillion or other online bookselelrs.
How many have you read? Here’s a list of what’s being called the three hundred books everyone should read. Actually, I’ll pass on a few of them. What about you?
Still looking for Christmas gifts? How ’bout a copy of Opal? Here are some locations. Memphis — downtown — S. Main Book Juggler, two doors down from the Elvis favorite Arcade restaurant. Cooper-Young – Burke’s Books. East Memphis – Novel Books, Perkins north of Poplar, used to be Booksellers at Laurelwood; These books are already signed. Of course there’s amazon.com, and if you happen to be near Vicksburg (where Opal went to the Piggly Wiggly), go to Lorelei Books. Have a merry.
Need to get a Christmas gift for someone special? Give her a copy of Opal and her Southern short stories set in 1950s rural Mississippi. Just go to amazon.com and look it up under Opal, Diane Thomas-Plunk. I think you’ll get smiles in return.
My book, Opal, is now available in the local author section of Novel Bookstore, the reincarnation of Booksellers at Laurelwood. Pretty excited about it. The section is located immediately to the left when you enter the front door, and the store is at 387 Perkins Extd, just north of Poplar. Check out their great new restaurant, Libro, too, after you’ve completed your book shopping.
On Oct. 19 I’m headed to Vicksburg to do a book signing for my book, Opal. You know, Vicksburg is where Opal Pratt went to the Piggly Wiggly to buy her groceries. This is Opal country! Lorelei Bokks, 5:30 p.m., 1103 Washington Street. Join us.
I’m working on the Opal sequel, and I want your help. Here’s a synopsis (though I’m not through) of what happens in the story. Although middle-aged Opal Pratt has lived on that property all her life and her parents were there for some years before that, Opal has now learned that the front part of the property does not belong to her. And she’s not happy. She watches the land being cleared, a house larger and nicer than hers going up, and driveways being paved.
What shall we name the story? The working title is Land Lost, but that’s no good for a real title. Neighbors came to mind, but that’s too friendly. Changes might be a decent title. What do you think we should call it? Leave me a comment with your ideas.
Thank you, amazon! Both the soft cover and hard cover editions of Opal are on sale. If you’re planning to give any Opals as Christmas gifts, now is the time to purchase them. I love a good sale!
How exciting! Take a look at this promo for the Opal short stories and tell a friend.
We had a great time at the Mississippi Book Festival. Talked with other authors as well as guests who were interested in Opal. If you have a group that would like to invite me for a signing, just write a message here.
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.