Billy C. Clark: Fur in the Hickory

Deal Me In 2019 – Week 5

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“Not many of the fellows today could carry a gun heavy as a musket. You just ask your ma. She can tell you I always kept meat on the table when she was growing up. You got to get close to your gun, Jacob. Treat it like a woman. But you’re a little young yet to know about that.”

In Billy C. Clark’s short story “Fur in the Hickory”, a grandfather takes his grandson, Jacob, squirrel hunting. There’s not a lot to the story except that Jacob ultimately lets his grandfather be “right” even if he actually is a little off his mark (so to speak).

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The grandfather does the majority of the talking while Jacob does the majority of the listening which gives the reader the idea of how much the grandfather thinks he knows and how much Jacob actually does know. This makes the ending satisfying and gives the story a little humor.

All in all, it was a short story and a sweet story that made me smile. And that’s always worth something.

“Fur in the Hickory” is included in Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories edited by Morris Allen Grubbs. I read it when I selected the Six of Hearts for Week 5 of my Deal Me In 2019 short story project. My Deal Me In list can be found here. Deal Me In is hosted by Jay at Bibliophilopolis.

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