William Doxey's "Cousins to the Kudzu" is sort of "Winesburg, Ohio" south, but only sort of. What goes on in this novel primarily goes on in Oughton, Ga., about 50 miles west of Atlanta, and the bulk of the characters are either native Oughtonians or imported and adopted ones.
In the 26 relatively brief chapters of the book, Doxey tells essentially 26 different stories that are rarely actual stories at all but more often episodes or mere sketches arranged apparently by whim as much as anything else. There is no chronology to speak of, and the tales shift back and forth through time changing direction, emphasis and narrative focus.
"Cousins" commences with a chapter on the town doctor, Eugene Spalding, who for his part mostly just arrives from Atlanta, and then it proceeds on to things and people otherwise, among them an insomniac grocery clerk, a relocated Oughton-born transsexual hair dresser in a snit, a fairly sadistic dogcatcher, a faith healer with VD, two ears in a jewelry box, one decorated black war veteran turned school janitor, a half dozen or so "young men of the new generation" floating naked in inner tubes on a cow pond, a Yankee sergeant's pelt tacked to a barn door, Bobby-bob the idiot bottle collector, and Mrs. Emma Knowles gone suicidal over her heisted garbage.