Fastened to the Marsh: A Savannah Saga
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Fastened to the Marsh: A Savannah Saga

by Jan Durham
     
 
The story traces a family's legacy from arrival of an 18th century indentured servant to the begrudging return of her last legitimate descendant in the 21st century. Liz Scott, Atlanta lawyer nearing retirement, returns to Marsh Oaks, her ancestral home on coastal Georgia island, to care for her emotionally distant grandmother. Her buried memories surface, aided by

Overview

The story traces a family's legacy from arrival of an 18th century indentured servant to the begrudging return of her last legitimate descendant in the 21st century. Liz Scott, Atlanta lawyer nearing retirement, returns to Marsh Oaks, her ancestral home on coastal Georgia island, to care for her emotionally distant grandmother. Her buried memories surface, aided by the discovery of the family archives. Through flashbacks the reader is introduced to a procession of stalwart women who draw their strength from their connection to the rhythmic life on the marsh and an unfailing conviction that what cannot be bested must be borne.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972422475
Publisher:
Continental Shelf Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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CHAPTER ONE : Skidaway

The verdant sea of marsh grass stretched to the horizon on both sides of the causeway. A shrimp boat lumbered its way through the narrows returning from the Atlantic Ocean, the nets extending like huge wings over the water. Soaring above the wake, seagulls screamed in frenzied excitement as they followed hoping for a free meal. The mid-June sun was high overhead, its burning rays beginning to sting her bare shoulders as the last miles to her destination slipped by. Knowing she should stop and put up the top on her convertible, Liz Scott rejected the idea and continued to drive, singing along with The Platters as they crooned "Only You" on the radio.
Why have an expensive little 450 SL if you couldn't enjoy it? She'd certainly contributed her share to the firm's profitability and it was nobody's business if she blew her money on a gleaming silver little sweetheart of a car. At her stage in life, she might as well live with abandon. What did it matter anyway? No one depended on her now except maybe Thomas her cat.
She reached for the recorder she kept in her car to jog her memory. "Suntan lotion and aloe," she said, then turned the radio louder as the continual string of beach music blared from the dash. Mocking her grandmother's words, she called to a seagull overhead, "Can't have any of those lower class freckles marring my 'to the manor born' complexion."
Fumbling for the bag of corn chips next to the recorder, Liz thought, You really are letting yourself go, old girl! When was the last time you allowed yourself to consume a whole bag of these fat-laden things? Oh, well. You can do extra sets at the gym when you get backhome.

What People are saying about this

Rosemary Daniell
"In Fastened to the Marsh, Jan Durham's first novel, we are drawn into a lush, poignant world that spans centuries of life on the coast near Savannah, Georgia. Durham's gift for integrating a rich story from the past with a very modern woman's quest for self-knowledge makes this a novel that will magnetize readers. Indeed, this delicious read will leave Durham's fans waiting impatiently for her next book."--(Rosemary Daniell in myzonarosa.com)

Meet the Author

A native of Savannah, Jan Durham spent most of her adult life in Atlanta after earning her B.S. in Secondary Education from Georgia Southern, but she has never lost her love for her roots in the marshes of coastal Georgia.
She attended Candler School of Theology and after ordination as a clergy member of the United Methodist Church focused on issues of aging and congregational care. She has been a volunteer chaplain with hospice and started an adult day center for families coping with Alzheimer's disease.
She is the author of After the Example of Christ, a model for servant ministry by and for older adults, published through the General Board of Discipleship and used in congregations throughout the United Methodist Church. She also co-authored a manual on congregational respite care with the Georgia Department of Aging and the Georgia Alzheimer's Association.
Jan now lives on Skidaway Island on the Georgia coast where the 19th century graves of a woman and her infant son enclosed in a tabby wall inspired her historical novel Fastened to the Marsh. She continues her involvement with the Alzheimer's Association and hospice.
She is currently working on a second novel.

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