23 strange-but-true stories of women flirting with perdition... In the steamy South, temptation is as wild and plentiful as kudzu. Whether the sin in question is skinny-dipping or becoming an unlikely porn star, running rum or renting out a room to a pair of exhibitionistic adulterers, in these true stories women defy tradition and forge their own paths through lifeoften learning unexpected lessons from the experience.
As Dorothy Allison writes in her introduction, “The most dangerous stories are the true ones, the ones we hesitate to tell, the adventures laden with fear or shame or the relentless pull of regret. Some of those are about things that we are secretly deeply proud to have done.”
A diverse array of contributorsmothers, daughters, sisters, best friends, fiancées, divorcees, professors, poets, lifeguards-in-training, lapsed Baptists, tipsy debutantes, middle-aged lesbianslend their voices to this collection. Introspective and abashed, joyous and triumphant (but almost never apologetic), they remind us that sin, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
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About the Author
Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine and the editor of anthologies including The Best Creative Nonfiction series and I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse. He is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, both at Arizona State University.
Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss, where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year. The Tilted World , the novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, was published by HarperCollins in October 2013.
Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. A novelist, short-story writer, and poet, Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She lives in Northern California with her partner Alix and her teenage son, Wolf Michael. A novel, She Who, is forthcoming.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Sin Dorothy Allison 6
Editor's Note: Running from the Lord Beth Ann Fennelly 10
Editor's Note: Unforgettable True Stories about Bad (and Sometimes Bizarre) Behavior Lee Gutkind 14
What Was Left Molly Langmuir 20
White Noise Sarah Cheshire 28
The Renters Chelsea Rathburn 36
Circles of Light Sheila Raeschild 48
Love in the Worst Way Aaron Gwyn 56
Fat Sarah Einstein 68
Mad Love: The Ballad of Fred & Allie Sonja Livingston 80
No Other Gods Sarah Gilbert 94
In-Training Ellen Hagan 102
The On-Ramp Amy Thigpen 108
Out of the Woods Gail Griffin 118
Rum-Running Queen Louella Bryant 130
Sportfucking in the South Suzanne Roberts 140
A Lesson in Merging Rachael Peckham 148
Tongues, Lust, and a Man from Indiana Adriana Paramo 160
Trouble Elyse Moody 172
Matinee Mendy Knott 180
Dol? C. W. Kelly 190
Nude Study River Jordan 200
A Country Where You Once Lived Sheryl St. Germain 208
Porn Star Elane Johnson 220
The Search for the Perfect Sidecar Kendra Hamilton 224
Rahab's Thread Katie Burgess 238
About the Contributors 248