Sugaree Rising

Sugaree Rising

by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

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Overview

Wraiths and apparitions wander the fields and backwoods and cabin communities of the South Carolina Lowcountry swampland that are the setting for J. Douglas Allen-Taylor's lyrical and literary first novel, Sugaree Rising. In a story written in the tradition of the great chroniclers of rural African-American Southern life-Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Jean Toomer-the independence and elder culture of the isolated Yay'saw of Yelesaw Neck is threatened by a plan to dam the nearby Sugaree River and flood them out. The underlying threat of danger and violence that is an ever-present factor in Southern life runs through the novel like a deep-flowing current. But this is no predictable tale, and Allen-Taylor, a master storyteller with a unique style and view, takes the reader down unexpected pathways. Interwoven with the story of Yally Kinlaw, a young woman seeking out the spirit-legacy to which she is heir, are original poems and songs and folktales that recreate the musical, mystical, mythic world in which the African-American people were created, but which now has been all-but forgotten to history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780915117215
Publisher: Freedom Voices
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author


J. Douglas Allen-Taylor is an award-winning journalist and political columnist who has written for several San Francisco Bay Area publications, including The East Bay Express, San Jose Metro, The Berkeley Daily Planet, Color Lines, and Race, Poverty & the Environment. He is a native of Oakland, California and lived for many years in the South Carolina Lowcountry, where Sugaree Rising is based.

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"Gradually Yally dragged the whole story out of them. Bonk Jackson had heard it across the river that morning, and when he got back over to Yelesaw, he had gone out with his two sons to spread the news. The whitefolks were making plans to put a dam across the Sugaree River somewhere just above Cashville. The dam would leave a deep lake in the bottomlands basin--the rivers and creeks, hundreds of homes, thousands of farmland acres, a wide collection of villages, the bulk of the Swamp, as well as the whole community of Yelesaw. It would flood out or touch its waters on practically every place she had ever been in during her entire life. The enormity of it was too much for Yally to take in."

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