by William L. Alton
Lies, Fibs, and Fabrications by William L. Alton is a novella about the Carters, a proud and broken
family living in Izard, a town in the Ozark mountains. The interrelated stories are a visit
to the well of the Ozark tradition of “spinning yarns” and filled with whispered gossip and subtle
tension. Billy examines and finds his identity in a part of the country where neighbors often
disapprove and are sometimes dangerous, where family leaves him feeling like an outsider.
Search for faith and redemption along with Billy, and insight and inspiration among multiple
generations of Carters: Grandpa who gave up on God during the war, Grandma who loved to dance with him
before the metal in his hip, and Billy finding comfort in spite of an intolerant family and town.