Southern Fiction

Dawg Knows <BR>The Secret of Sgt. Penton <BR>By: Buck Rish, MD
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-733-2
Edition: Paperback, 128 Pages
Publication Date: July 26, 2018
Ned, the newsboy, bastard son of a whiskey-swilling prostitute in the small mountain town of Glen Alpine, NC, is befriended by the townís only doctor, who becomes his mentor. They adopt an Army dog called Dawg, whose master, a disabled Army sergeant, has mysteriously disappeared. Only Dawg knows the secret of the disappearance of Sgt. Robert Penton. The Veterans Affairs office mistakes Ned for the disabled sergeant and awards him a large pension, but Ned loses the money to a blackmailer who knows heís an imposter. He continues to live as Sgt. Robert Penton, marries, and has a son. In time, the father becomes ill, and his identity is suspect when his blood type does not match the one listed in the sergeantís records. In delirium before death, Ned confesses the fraud and reveals the blackmail. His son becomes a physician and joins the medical practice originally established by the physician who had befriended his father in his youth. Dawg took the secret of the sergeantís disappearance to his grave but forever haunts the town as he marches with the ghost of the sergeant on the parade ground of the old Army base near Glen Alpine.
Aldeen the Queen <bR>Saga of a Quaint Southern Lady <br>By: Buck Rish, MD
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-699-1
Edition: Paperback, 124 Pages
Publication Date: July 26, 2017
Other Editions: Hardcover
This novel is based on the real life of a Southern lady, Aldeen the Queen. Raised in a wealthy family with a Civil War/Slaveholding history, she was crushed when her teenage lover was banished by her father. The Queen recovered and became independent and the manager of the family businesses. A series of deaths and the quandary of being jilted as a teenager impacted Aldeen but she matured and was married and widowed by four husbands. Inheriting significant wealth from each husband, Aldeen became a successful business woman.

Her banished lover accumulated a trust fund and bequeathed it to the Queen at his death.

Despite her brusk, terse personality, and outspoken bigotry, Aldeen the Queen was a generous humanitarian.