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Cornbread (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Sean Hammer

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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...

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 119 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SQTD28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How does a kid ... Oct. 21 2012
By Gus Pavona - Published on
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How does a 24 year old kid who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC so deftly nail the "voice" of a middle-aged, poor, black woman from Arkansas? No idea. Sometimes magic happens and this is one of those times. Not only is the dialect right on the money, but the dialogue has the kind of cool cleverness that we're used to seeing on an HBO or Showtime series. One of the things I love about this story is that Mr. Hammer provides detail enough to draw you in, but space enough to let you use your imagination. So you become part of the story. Mr. Hammer has given us a treat --an impressive debut story, with compelling characters, set in interesting contexts, and all woven together with a pace and a voice that seem right and true. I can't wait to see what is next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read Feb. 10 2013
By Jay C. - Published on
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I found it clever, sad, insightful, and relatable. It's easy to sympathize with the protagonist for the most part, but the plot was a bit linear. I think it could be expanded somewhat, but then it probably wouldn't be a Single anymore.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just enough Jan. 11 2013
By Jacinta - Published on
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Although this was not meant be a novel and left me wanting more, it was just enough. It was great.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little short Jan. 7 2013
By DC - Published on
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Not great. But definitely a nice little read. This is my first Amazon single purchase ever, and I have to say that the experience has been worthwhile. Would buy again.

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