A timeless river, flowing and melodic like the histories that run through it.
“What ties these tales together, in addition to their Celtic background, is the author’s fine craftsmanship. Employing regional dialogue, expressions, and themes, and a rich, poetic cadence, Kibler joins the rank of traditional Southern storytellers.”
“Has the melodic quality and simple narrative drive one would find in good old Irish ballads.”
“Child to the Waters harnesses stories, phrases, images and feelings that are at the very core of what it is to be a Southerner.”
The South has long been home to unique and enduring tales. Too often, these fables are obscured by the region’s colorful past. It is rare that an author touches on such a tender history and brings forth a collection so rewarding and poignant. James Everett Kibler has captured the essence of Southern writing in this remarkably touching anthology of fables.
“Dave,” a haunting but gentle conversation between a man and his wife, reflects on changing times, while “A Perfect Day for Tyger Fish” maintains that some things will always remain the same. In “The Revenge of the Great House,” a solace-seeking city slicker journeys to the country and discovers some shadowy secrets. Drawing on the familiarity of family solidarity, place, rootedness, loyalty, and love, Kibler fashions a literary tour de force. These are stories to be read aloud in quiet voices, treasured within gentle hearts, and remembered by generations.