Grit Lit A Rough South Reader

ISBN-10: 1611170834

ISBN-13: 9781611170832

Edition: 2012

Authors: Brian Carpenter, Tom Franklin

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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.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

A graduate of Centre College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brian Carpenter is a freelance writer and editor. His articles on the South have appeared in Southern Cultures, Southern Literary Journal, Southern Review, The Companion to Southern Literature, and the anthology Cornbread Nation 1: The Best Southern Food Writing.

A native of Dickinson, Alabama, Tom Franklin is the Edgar Award-winning author of Poachers, Hell at the Breech, Smonk, and the New York Times best seller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Franklin teaches creative writing at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Preface: What's Grit Lit?
Introduction: Blood and Bone
A Childhood: The Biography of a Place
"Deciding to Live"
On Fire: A Personal Account of Life and Death and Choices
Keeper of the Moon: A Southern Boyhood
Ava's Man and All Over but the Shoutin'
"A Body in the River"
A Feast of Snakes
"Ride, Fly, Penetrate, Loiter"
"The Scrapper"
The Acorn Plan
"River of Names"
The Sharpshooter Blues
"Your Daddy in Time"
"What It Cost Travelers"
Saving Grace
"Sleepy Gap"
"Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You?"
"Kindred Spirits"
"Sorry Blood"
Winters Bone
"Speckled Trout"
"Atlas Towing"
"Redneck Boys"
"The Coal Thief"
References and Supplemental Materials
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