Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader

Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611170832
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/30/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,336,515
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface: What's Grit Lit? Tom Franklin vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Blood and Bone Brian Carpenter xiii


A Childhood: The Biography of a Place Harry Crews 3

"Deciding to Live" Dorothy Allison 16

On Fire: A Personal Account of Life and Death and Choices Larry Brown 23

Keeper of the Moon: A Southern Boyhood Tim McLaurin 34

Ava's Man and All Over but the Shoutin' Rick Bragg 46

"A Body in the River" Lewis Nordan 56


A Feast of Snakes Harry Crews 65

"Ride, Fly, Penetrate, Loiter" Barry Hannah 83

"The Scrapper" Breece D'J Pancake 89

"Samaritans" Larry Brown 101

The Acorn Plan Tim McLaurin 110

"River of Names" Dorothy Allison 125

"Pit" Pinckney Benedict 134

The Sharpshooter Blues Lewis Nordan 145

"Your Daddy in Time" Jim Grimsley 163

"Melungeons" Chris Offutt 169

"Jacksonville" George Singleton 179

"What It Cost Travelers" Dale Ray Phillips 190

Saving Grace Lee Smith 208

"Sleepy Gap" Robert Morgan 222

"Where Will You Go When Your Skin Cannot Contain You?" William Gay 232

"Kindred Spirits" Brad Watson 246

"Sorry Blood" Tim Gautreaux 263

Winters Bone Daniel Woodrell 277

"Speckled Trout" Ron Rash 283

"Atlas Towing" Will Allison 298

"Redneck Boys" Ann Pancake 313

"The Coal Thief" Alex Taylor 322

Notes 339

References and Supplemental Materials 349

Index 357

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