Luann Landon is the author of Dinner at Miss Lady's, a memoir-cookbook; and of South Bound, a collection of narrative poems. Her book of haiku, Spider Shallow Coral Bells, will be published in 2020. She lives in Sewanee, Tennessee.
How can we explain Bruno Gröning’s explosive impact in post-World War II Germany, like a bolt out of the blue? People waited in the rain for days to catch a glimpse of him, prostrated themselves in supplication before him, tried to buy his bathwater, and believed he could raise the dead.
My only rule to myself with these stories was that something needed to happen. No fair just throwing pretty language at the page. They had to do the usual heavy lifting of storytelling that is, by my lights, fiction’s job.