A Memoir Set in South Carolina

by Karen Walch | Mar 05, 2022

Low Country : a Southern Memoir    
by J. Nicole Jones

Memoir by the daughter of a prominent South Carolina family, she is surrounded by violence and capriciousness: a grandfather who beats his wife, a barman father who dreams of being a country music star. A girlhood of extreme wealth and deep debt, of ghosts and folklore, of cruel men and unwanted spectacle. Through the lens of her own family's catastrophes and triumphs, she pays homage to the landscapes and legends of her childhood home, a region haunted by its history: Eliza Pinckney cultivates indigo, Blackbeard ransacks the coast, and the Gray Man paces the beach, warning of Hurricane Hazel.

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