Delaney's People

A Novel In Small Stories



"Author Beth Duke describes the characters and the landscape to the point where you feel as if you have been sucked into the book itself and are in the presence of Delaney and her ancestors. You will laugh and cry, celebrate and mourn with Delaney's family as you map their journey from their home country in Ireland to the great state of Alabama. From the moment you open the cover of Delaney's People, you shred the outdated fifties Dixie stereotypes and are swept into the very essence of Southern charm and sophistication."


"The first question a stranger gets asked in the South is "who are you kin to?" Now, we aren't being rude or nosy. It's our way of trying to make a connection with you, someone whom we don't know and don't much understand, especially if you hail from more than two counties (or states) away. But you don't have to be from the South to relate to Delaney's People. Walking through Delaney's world is like taking a visit back home or attending a family reunion. Or going to a visitation (a "wake", for you Northern folks.) We all have a grandmother like Margaret. A mother like Ellen. An uncle or a brother like Tom. People who, God help us, just want "the best for us". We have all suffered at the hands of a snooty little cousin like Caitlin. We know the fierce love of a friend like Lily. We hear the gentle wisdom in Millard's voice, tempered by patience born of long-suffering. We all have a sad, sweet Daniel in our lives. Delaney's world is a small window into how our lives are intertwined with the ones around us, for better or worse. There is heartbreak in this world, and joy, and loss. At the very center is a lovely little girl named Delaney. Sit a spell, and visit with Delaney's People: A Novel In Small Stories. You might find someone you're "kin to."


"Bravo to Ms. Duke's first novel Delaney's People. Ms. Duke was masterful in telling a story that made me sorry to see this book end. Page turner is an understatement for this book. I will be first in line to get Ms. Duke's next novel."


"A really wonderful book. The author doesn't just tell a story, she paints a beautiful picture of a family through several generations. It is definitely a journey worth taking."

"Dear Beth Duke... I finished Delaney's People early this morning. Keep baking cupcakes, chasing chickens and perfecting the true southern biscuit. Do what ever it is that inspires you to keep writing MORE... I didn't want it to end!"


"Delaney's People is a refreshing book of short stories about the most charming characters of the south. The writer has written it in such a way that you feel you are a part of each story. The characters reach out and steal your heart and leave you yearning for more. I sincerely hope there will be a sequel to this book so that we can find more diamonds on the red clay banks of Alabama. Loved it! Very much worth the purchase and a great addition to anyone's library. Because of the way it is written you can easily read again and NEVER be bored!!!!!"


"Southern literature has a long and rich history...there is something about the South that produces great writers. It must have something to do with the heat, humidity, crawly things, and the love/hate relationship with the past. There are so many interesting stories to tell. Beth Duke has captured this with "Delaney's People: A Novel in Small Stories". The beginning of it all with the Irish angst...the war between the's all here. It's a facinating look into the world of the deep South, past and present, written with a deep love of the best of what it's all about. Ms. Duke has a wonderful, lyrical way with words that paints clear, vivid pictures where you can almost smell, feel and taste the stories she tells. She always leaves you wanting to know more about the characters and their plights. I highly recommend this book to all who love the South."


"Delaney's People" was such fun to read. I live in Alabama and it was so nice to have someone write about the beauty and not so pretty warts of our heritage. Beth lives not far from where I live here in Alabama and I am so proud of her and her talent as a writer. When one reads this book it draws you into each character and the world they live in. I could hardly wait to read the next chapter and was disappointed when I got near the end that there was not one more. But I am anxiously awaiting the next book that should be out in the near future. Southern writers are the best, most unique writers because the south is so unique... good and bad."

"When I first read, "There are diamonds in the red hills of Alabama.", I was hooked. Each chapter left me wanting to know what was next. As soon as I finished it, I reread it to pick up what I had missed. I am waiting for her next novel."


"Delaney's People" was a delightful read, I lived in a small town in Alabama for 3 years and the characters were "spot on". I am always looking for southern fiction that paints these colorful profiles of the people of this part of the country and this was a perfect choice."

"Beth Duke is a truly gifted author! I do hope that she will do many spin off novels from this book, it left me wanting to know more about each character she created. I love finding new writers who can create images in your head while you read and Beth Duke has accomplished giving each reader their own vista of the South. I loved all the charming characters and want more, more, more! Great reading!"

"Delaney's People is a lot of fun because the stories are so varied. You NEVER get bored, because each chapter puts you in a different place and time. The book is unusual and refreshing. I LOVE this book and I think anyone would enjoy it!"

"All things southern, especially literature has long been a favorite. Delaney's People does not disappoint. It is a wonderful novel of family and kinship. I loved it!!"

"Reading the book is like a good visit . Time flies by, people come and go,good food is enjoyed by all and the love shines through the time spent together. Be prepared to experience the mixed feelings you have for your own family. Not all of the characters are nice but all are loving and lovable. The book paints a portrait of a family that gives different perspectives from different points of view. A real good read!"

"Reading Delaney's People is like watching a good chick flick about the South. I could even hear the southern drawl in my head as I read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, well done."

"Just finished reading this truly fun collection of intertwined short stories. Delaney's People with make you smile, laugh, shed a tear and nod with recognition like nothing I have ever read. So happy to call Beth Duke a friend and now she is forever on one of my bookshelves."

"I loved this book! The stories are very interesting, and I could not put it down. I live in Alabama, and liked the Crimson Tide football stuff, the civil rights history and the other things unique to this state. I learned a lot about Alabama, and I hope there is a sequel. The main characters leave you wanting to know what comes next!"

"My Hubby bought this book for me. The author created a interlocking whorl of family and friends in Alabama. She combined the beauty of Ireland, Alabama, and southern traditions. I'm peckish for more of her stories now. Keep this lady writing!"

"I enjoyed every page of this book. The characters are vivid and well drawn, and the chapter length is perfect to keep the reader turning pages to find what comes next. I only ordered one, but I am adding six more for my Christmas list!"


"I had such a wonderful experience losing myself in the stories and time lines! It was so interesting to go from Alabama to Ireland from century to century. I really felt like I knew these people. It is a wonderful read and Beth Duke really does have a way with words."


"Just finished Delaney's People and was sad for it to come to an end. I felt like I was part of the character's lives, stepping back and forth through time. Kind of like an intruder looking into the intimate lives of these charming characters. This book is heartwarming and captivating and kept me wanting to hear more. Can't wait for the next one!"


"I really enjoyed this book. It is unique, charming, and delightful. I am from the area where the author is writing about and it felt like a visit home. I hope she has other books pending, and they come out soon. Beth Duke is a talented new writer whom we will be seeing a lot of. Best of luck Beth."


"Delaney''s People was a delightful read. Perfect for those who love all things southern to curl up with on a rainy Saturday morning! I was sorry to come to the last page and am looking forward to Beth Duke's sequel."