Grit Lit : A Rough South Reader

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-09-15
  • Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Pr

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Drawing on storytelling traditions as old as southern literature itself, Grit Lit is the first anthology devoted to contemporary writing about the Rough South. From literary legends to emerging voices, the acclaimed writers featured in this collection view their hardscrabble South without romanticism or false nostalgia, not through moonlight and magnolia but moonshine and Marlboros. This is the dirty South as captured by those rooted in its land yet able to share its stories with candor and courage. Grit Lit guides readers through tales both tall and true, intoxicating stories of loss, violence, failure, feuds, family, and--above all--survival against the odds. Raw and raucous, Grit Lit gathers some of the most provocative writing to come out of the South in the last thirty years. With a preface by Edgar Award-winning author Tom Franklin and Brian Carpenter's introduction to the genre's origins and influences, this bold anthology lays bare the Rough South in all its battered glory and dares readers not to stare in awe.

Table of Contents

Preface: What's Grit Lit?p. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Blood and Bonep. xiii
A Childhood: The Biography of a Placep. 3
"Deciding to Live"p. 16
On Fire: A Personal Account of Life and Death and Choicesp. 23
Keeper of the Moon: A Southern Boyhoodp. 34
Ava's Man and All Over but the Shoutin'p. 46
"A Body in the River"p. 56
A Feast of Snakesp. 65
"Ride, Fly, Penetrate, Loiter"p. 83
"The Scrapper"p. 89
"Samaritans"p. 101
The Acorn Planp. 110
"River of Names"p. 125
"Pit"p. 134
The Sharpshooter Bluesp. 145
"Your Daddy in Time"p. 163
"Melungeons"p. 169
"Jacksonville"p. 179
"What It Cost Travelers"p. 190
Saving Gracep. 208
"Sleepy Gap"p. 222
"Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You?"p. 232
"Kindred Spirits"p. 246
"Sorry Blood"p. 263
Winters Bonep. 277
"Speckled Trout"p. 283
"Atlas Towing"p. 298
"Redneck Boys"p. 313
"The Coal Thief"p. 322
Notesp. 339
References and Supplemental Materialsp. 349
Indexp. 357
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