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Length: 23 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"They call me 'Cornbread' because that's what my husband was eatin' when I shot him in the face..."

Thus begins the debut story from 24-year-old author Sean Hammer. Told in the odd and unforgettable voice of its protagonist, "Cornbread" is the tale of a matricidal Arkansas woman bringing about the final days of her marriage. At turns darkly comical and deeply tragic, it's a story that lingers long after it's finished, like the smell of fresh baked cornbread or discharged gunpowder...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 124 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SQTD28
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x97244f90) out of 5 stars 174 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97270a5c) out of 5 stars In the South, it's criminal to shoot a man who's watching football Oct. 20 2012
By J. Chambers - Published on
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It was bad enough that Jenny blew her husband's head off, but to interrupt him while he was watching his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks on TV was unforgiveable. On the other hand, Arkansas was getting blown out by the hated Georgia Bulldogs, so maybe it was more like a mercy killing.

"Cornbread" reminded me of the cable TV series "Snapped," where a woman reaches her breaking point and kills someone, and that someone is often her spouse. Granted, Jenny had enough reasons to despise her husband, but she was just as upset with Deborah Brandon, the loudmouth who wouldn't stop bragging about her husband's promotion at the mill. She did get a small measure of revenge against Deborah, but her husband was the one who suffered the brunt of her pent-up anger.

I enjoyed "Cornbread," with Jenny's homespun matter-of-fact narration of the process by which she came to commit murder. There's nothing funny about such a brutal act, but it was a bit humorous to see Jenny's strange behavior afterward, and her preoccupation with cleaning up the mess she made.

"Cornbread" is a nice coming-out effort by author Sean Hammer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97270e88) out of 5 stars Great little dark story July 5 2013
By C. L. Schoon - Published on
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I really enjoyed this story. I am trying to read more short stories in an attempt to inspire more of my own, and this is exactly the kind of story that I'd like to write. The story itself is pretty formulaic- a girl in a dusty one-horse town marries a handsome working-class hero who almost immediately goes to seed. But since the tragic end of the tale is already established in the explosive (no pun intended) first sentence, Hammer has a good time getting deep into the character he's created and building from the inside out as a surprisingly smart, funny, fascinating little sociopath. There's so much in this small space of a narrative, and it's well-worth the price to breeze through it. You still live with this character well after you're finished reading her story.
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HASH(0x972780cc) out of 5 stars Astounding Short Story! Nov. 8 2012
By ArleneT - Published on
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It's hard to believe that this is the first published work by such a young author. Sean Hammer's short story is so easy to's fast-paced and clever, and I found myself on edge as I witnessed the emotional and psychological deterioration of Jenny. The ability of Mr. Hammer to capture the southern dialect so perfectly, and the fact that parts of the story were humorous despite Jenny's desperate and fragile state, were impressive. From the first sentence to the last, I was intrigued and captivated by the characters. I was sorry to see the story end, and I look forward to reading more from this promising author. A great read!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97270fa8) out of 5 stars Great Read Nov. 5 2012
By skd - Published on
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"Cornbread" is a well written, captivating short story. The author candidly puts his heart and soul into the main character's voice. Each page is filled with expressively colorful, yet quick moving dialog that places the reader right into the mind of its main character, Jenny, a battered and abused woman from Arkansas. Although the story is written with a conclusion, I continued to imagine what Jenny's life was like after the story ended. A great read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x972781bc) out of 5 stars Cornbread Aug. 30 2014
By Garten - Published on
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Absolutely one of the best written short stories I have read. One of the best examples of writing you will find on a Kindle. Whoever this author is I will look forward to all of his work. I will not even attempt to describe to story line...just get swept up and go with it...everything was really good. I wish just 10 percent of authors could tell a story as well. Do not cheat yourself read and feel.