Dancing by the River
by Marlin Barton

ISBN-10: 1-929490-30-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-929490-30-1
Hardcover, 192 pages
5 5/8 x 8 1/4"
$24.95

This a superb collection of stories about the fascinating complexities of life in a small community. Winner of the O. Henry Award and the Andrew Lytle Prize, Barton has been called “one of the most distinctive new voices in Southern fiction,” and this book, which entails the whole history of the community, proves that he is a masterful observer of family relations and the idiosyncratic logic that governs human lives. His writing does not call attention to itself; it is simple, powerful, and so fluid that it seems almost effortless.
A companion volume to Dry Well, Marlin Barton’s first collection of stories, the stories of Dancing by the River stand on their own, and prove that this is a book that is a gift for every reader ready to discover a vibrant sensibility fully engaged with the South.



Marlin Barton and his wife, Rhonda, live in Montgomery, Alabama, where he is assistant director of the Writing Our Stories project for juvenile offenders. A graduate of the University of Alabama and Wichita State University, he was awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship for Literature from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and received the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook award for the best first volume of short stories. Besides The Dry Well, he also is the author of a novel, A Broken Thing.

Craig Price's review in The Southern Literary Review

Don Noble on Alabama Public Radio 

Critical acclaim for Dancing by the River

"An Interview with Marlin Barton: Contemporary Reflections from the South" by Elizabeth Glixman