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The Ivy Stays Green
by Janet Brice Parker   

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Publisher:  Inkwater Press ISBN-10:  1592990932


Copyright:  Sept. 2004

Inkwater Books

Southern Short Stories and human interest stories. Most were drawn from my experiences of growing up in the south in the 1950s and 1960s

 The Ivy Stays Green is composed of forty short stories. The book may be ordered through, Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million. I would appreciate your giving my first book a try.

Thank You,
Janet Brice Parker 
I was outside throwing the ball with Willoughby. Our dog is named after my great, great grandfather. Anyway, it was so bleak out there, it was enough to cause a psychotic reaction. I've been looking up at this one tree when I’m out there with my dog. I've watched it through all of the seasons and needless to say, it's nakedness has no appeal.

I look up at it and I pray and thank God for the seasons because I know that's what I'm supposed to do. And I know there's an order to things and we need to be thankful for all of it, and how everything works together. But I still want to move to Florida. I can thank the Lord for things down there.

We can't move to Florida right now. I know that. Eddie’s got to retire and he's eight years younger than I am. I might be dead by then. Anyway, I was throwing the ball and looking up at that tree and thinking about Ricie. Then I noticed how the Ivy spills over the walls around the driveway and how it's just about everywhere on this plot of land where our house sits.

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time in the sunroom getting my “light therapy” as they refer to it these days. The sun pours into that room and I look at the palm plant I’m trying to care for through the winter. I think it might make it.

I know spring will eventually get here like it always does. Right now, I’m just going to go outside, throw the ball with Willoughby, and be glad that the ivy stays green.

Professional Reviews

Author - Lola S. Scoby
“Janet Brice Parker is a writer with heart, and she is drawn to share the things she loves. A visual artist as well as writer, her stories come alive through her perceptive eye for the telling detail. Vivid portrayal rather than overt nostalgia, will summon you to look again into your own memories. These stories are grounded in a rooted sense of place; and, with them, the author adds her voice to the long legacy of southern writers. I highly recommend, The Ivy Stays Green if you want to suddenly see the beauty of life and feel affirmed in the ultimate goodness of things.”

Lola S. Scobey, author “Willie Nelson” Country Outlaw” and “Dolly: Daughter of the South”

Author - Pamela June Kimmell
“Janet Brice Parker’s writing is like sipping a glass of cold tea on a hot summer’s day. Delightful and refreshing. Her masterful weaving of memories and reality holds the reader captive from the first word to the last. There is something in each tale for us to savor and the charm of the old south rings through in many of Parker’s recollections. Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of reading this treasure of a book, and when you’ve finished reading, pass it on to someone you love.”

Pamela June Kimmell, Author of “The Mystery of David’s Bridge,” published, 2004 by Hilliard & Harris.

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Reader Reviews for "The Ivy Stays Green"

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/29/2004
I wish you much success, Janet; the book cover is certainly very appealing and the reviews delightful. I am so new to writing and have launched into poetry - just because I adore musicality in language and thought. I have a sneaking suspicion, though, that poetic narrative, or long-shorts - maybe even short stories - may be my "natural" medium - so you may find me picking your brains before too long as I consider how to approach ideas for putting a "manuscript" together for my college course. I was blown-away by your appreciation of Flood Tide - what you talking about?! Of COURSE you can write poetry like it!!!!! Go you! LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Pamela Kimmell 10/22/2004
Everyone here at AD is familiar with Janet's wonderful "Southern" style when it comes to her writing....well, here's your chance to enjoy forty of her great stories all in one package. Grab an iced tea, sit on the porch swing, listen to the crickets, read Janet's book, and remember how things "used to be". Highly recommended.

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