In the title story, "Hurricane Blues," meet a Louisiana blues piano player who protects her home-alone son by averting hurricanes with a whiskey shot glass and a mother's love. In "The Reader," a dreamy bookworm stumbles into manhood. In "Soul Most In Need," the friendship of two southern widows is the one truth at a tent revival. "Nahualli" presents a sharp-tongued Mexican recluse and her shape-shifting lover. Meet a good-hearted deacon doing reconnaissance on a philandering preacher from a classic car in "T-Bird Recon." A cruel medieval father, a frontier lawyer's silent child scrivener, and an aspiring teacher caught in the 1918 influenza epidemic also populate this eclectic collection of previously published and new short fiction.