"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moment you open the cover of Delaney's People, you shred the outdated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 States...segregation...it'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
"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