By Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers--novelist, dramatist, poet--was on the top of her powers as a author of brief fiction. listed here are nineteen tales that discover her signature issues: wounded youth, loneliness in marriage, and the tragicomedy of lifestyles within the South. right here too are "The Member of the marriage" and "The Ballad of the sorrowful Cafe," novellas that Tennessee Williams judged to be "assuredly one of the masterpieces of our language." (A Mariner Reissue)

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When Sucker would come in and look at me sort of funny I'd yell at him to get out. I didn't want to think of Maybelle and I sat at my desk reading Popular Mechanics or whittling at a toothbrush rack I was making. It seemed to me I was putting that girl out of my mind pretty well. But you can't help what happens to you at night. That is what made things how they are now. You see a few nights after Maybelle said those words to me I dreamed about her again. It was like that first time and I was squeezing Sucker's arm so tight I woke him up.

And usually that would be Sucker. He felt as good as I did. " Then something happened between Maybelle and me. I never have figured out just what it was. Girls like her are hard to understand. She began to act different toward me. At first I wouldn't let myself believe this and tried to think it was just my imagination. She didn't act glad to see me anymore. Often she went out riding with this fellow on the football team who owns this yellow roadster. The car was the color of her hair and after school she would ride off with him, laughing and looking into his face.

She told me she was sick and tired of my being around and that she had never cared a rap about me. She said all that. I just stood there and didn't answer anything. I walked home very slowly. For several afternoons I stayed in my room by myself. I didn't want to go anywhere or talk to anyone. When Sucker would come in and look at me sort of funny I'd yell at him to get out. I didn't want to think of Maybelle and I sat at my desk reading Popular Mechanics or whittling at a toothbrush rack I was making.

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