First published in 1949, The Golden Apples is an acutely observed, richly atmospheric portrayal of small town life in Morgana, Mississippi. There’s Snowdie, who has to bring up her twin boys alone after her husband, King Maclain, disappears one day, discarding his hat on the banks of the Big Black. There’s Loch Morrison, convalescing with malaria, who watches from his bedroom window as wayward Virgie Rainey meets a sailor in the vacant house opposite. Meanwhile, Miss Eckhart the piano teacher, grieving the loss of her most promising pupil, tries her hand at arson. Eudora Welty has a fine ear for dialogue and describes each of the characters in incisive, haunting prose. “…in the South,” she says, ‘everybody stays busy talking all the time – they’re not sorry for you to overhear their tales.” Welty deftly picks up their stories to create an unflinching potrait of everyday life in the American South and offers a deeply moving look at human nature.
Penguin Books, 2011 (1949)