The Hankering (A Short Story)--Also read Slave Auction, Missus Buck, The Dust Storm, Grandpa's Courtship, Rock, Trouble Down South and Other Stories, and Mo' Trouble Down South
by Katrina Parker Williams
The Hankering (A Short Story) A 9000-Word Short Story Miss Carmelia Faye Lafayette is a tough-as-nails owner of an early 1900’s barrelhouse-turned-sophisticated juke joint called The Hankering in the Deep South of Mississippi. At the Hankering, there's a lot of fighting and a great deal of drinking bootleg whiskey, particularly Miss Carmelia's own homemade Cherry Whiskers. And when it's all said and done, a lot of lovemaking. Miss Carmelia gives Buford Tee a hard time when he tries to make a play for her affections shortly after the murder of her abusive husband . . . uh, ex-husband, that is. Well, she ain’t having it. She doesn’t want a man that’s only after her . . . (you know what). And she lets him know it in no uncertain terms.