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Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader

by Brian Carpenter

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An outstanding collection of contemporary southern literature. Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader has several memoir pieces, many stories and excerpts from novels, an informative introduction, and a good list of references and supplemental readings.

Grit Lit is filled with stories of “hard-living people who had seen life from all angles except the top.” It starts with memoir. Larry Brown tells how he couldn’t kill a pig for a roast, and we like him even more for it. Tim McLaurin manages to depict pride and humanity in a North Carolina dog fight.

Heart-wrenching, devastating, and often humorous fiction follows. Harry Crews, Lewis Nordan, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Ron Rash, Chris Offutt, Daniel Woodrell and Tim Gautreaux are among the contributors. It is sad than many are no longer alive.

This book contains some of the best writing anywhere, it just happens to be southern. ( )
1 vote Hagelstein | Sep 13, 2013 |
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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."--Publisher description.… (more)

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