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Rough South, Rural SouthRegion and Class in Recent Southern Literature$
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Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802330

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.001.0001

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“Everything Worth Doing Hurts Like Hell”: The Rough South of Tim Gautreaux

“Everything Worth Doing Hurts Like Hell”: The Rough South of Tim Gautreaux

(p.110) “Everything Worth Doing Hurts Like Hell”: The Rough South of Tim Gautreaux
Rough South, Rural South

L. Lamar Nisly

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the work of of Tim Gautreaux. Born in 1947, Gautreaux grew up in Morgan City, Louisiana, which during his childhood was “an oil-patch town with kind of a Wild West flavor” and a large collection of barrooms and churches. His experiences in Morgan City, along with the stories he heard from his father, a tugboat captain, and his grandfather, a steamboat engineer, led him to identify that world as his “territory as a writer.” Although he moved away from it as an adult, choosing to become a college professor, Gautreaux's appreciation and understanding of the grittier side of his upbringing remain evident. Most of Gautreaux's fiction fits within the general Rough South designation. Among his works are two short story collections, Same Place, Same Things (1996) and Welding with Children (1999). His first novel, The Next Step in the Dance, appeared in 1998. Gautreaux's more recent novels include The Clearing (2003) and The Missing (2009).

Keywords:   fiction, Tim Gautreaux, Louisiana, Rough South, Welding with Children, The Clearing, The Missing

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