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  • Mary Jane Ryals Archives - Southern Literary Review
    first book of poetry The Moving Waters the same year Ryals performs with a popular poetry troupe Filed Under Author Profiles Interviews Tagged With Cookie and Me Fiction Florida Mary Jane Ryals Poet Laureate Cookie and Me by Mary Jane Ryals August 27 2010 by Donna Meredith 3 Comments Thirteen year old Rayann Wood narrates the poignant tale of her dysfunctional family and the redeeming power of friendship in the novel Cookie and Me by Mary Jane Ryals Kitsune Books Sept 2010 Sassy yet poetic southern yet universal Rayann s voice rings out as true and wise and unforgettable as Scout s in To Kill a Mockingbird Set Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Cookie and Me Donna Meredith Fiction Florida Kitsune Books Mary Jane Ryals Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Contents Submissions In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May

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  • "Ruth's Journey," by Donald McCaig - Southern Literary Review
    could infer he acts out of a sense of shame If the man was contrite enough to give Ruth that much of an upper hand why didn t she demand her freedom instead of merely asking to be sold to someone else But she doesn t even try for freedom It is almost as if McCaig stuck his head in the same bucket full of moonlight and magnolia myths as Margaret Mitchell did as if he never even heard of Toni Morrison s Beloved Solomon Northup s Twelve Years as a Slave or read any of the nonfiction exposes of American slavery such as Eugene D Genovese s groundbreaking Roll Jordon Roll The World the Slaves Made Vintage 1976 Perhaps Mitchell growing up a provincial Georgia Southern Belle in a white culture still reeling from the devastation of the War Between the States and regaled from infancy with the tales of the Glorious Lost Cause can be excused for indulging in all that happy slave nonsense It s possible that in her privileged and insular Southern white upbringing she didn t know any better or did not want to know better But McCaig is a worldlier author born and educated in Montana the man had a successful New York City career in advertising and ties to a progressive past He also had the advantage of another seven and a half decades of scholarly research that produced such happy slave myth shattering books as Roll Jordon Roll He should have known better Perhaps there is nothing wrong per se with writing a book about a more docile slave than say Sethe in Toni Morrison s Beloved but the problem with a submissive Mammy Ruth is that she is simply not the Mammy in Gone With the Wind Without delving into plot spoilers it s hard to explain but let s try one example In Ruth s Journey Mammy Ruth cannot control the headstrong young Scarlett who runs wild and does precisely what she wishes to do In a chapter told in Ruth s voice and titled How I is Judas Ruth learns that Scarlett plans to dress as a boy and race her horse in a decidedly men only event Ruth doesn t confront her or in any way try to stop her Rather Ruth tattles on Scarlett to Gerald O Hara and leaves it to him to stop his headstrong daughter from ruining her reputation before she s even old enough to moon after Ashley Wilkes Yet in Gone With the Wind on at least two occasions where Scarlett and Mammy butt heads Mammy is the clear victor When Scarlett refuses to pre eat before the Wilkes barbeque Mammy is the more powerful personality and in the end Scarlett does exactly as Mammy tells her to do Later when Scarlett determines to go to Atlanta to seek the tax money for Tara from Rhett she tells Mammy she is going alone But Mammy insists that she will go with Scarlett

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  • Beloved Archives - Southern Literary Review
    popular book ever sold in America But Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Beloved Claire Hamner Matturro Donald McCaig Eugene D Genovese Gone with the Wind Mammy Margaret Mitchell Roll Jordan Roll Ruth s Journey Scarlett O Hara Toni Morrison Twelve Years as a Slave Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Contents Submissions In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 March 2010 February 2010 July 2009 June 2009

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  • Gone with the Wind Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Journey by Donald McCaig December 23 2014 by Claire Matturro Leave a Comment Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro What was Donald McCaig thinking when he undertook writing Ruth s Journey Atria Books 2014 the so called prequel to Gone with the Wind First it s a bold idea to tackle any prequel let alone one designed to set the stage for the second most popular book ever sold in America But Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Beloved Claire Hamner Matturro Donald McCaig Eugene D Genovese Gone with the Wind Mammy Margaret Mitchell Roll Jordan Roll Ruth s Journey Scarlett O Hara Toni Morrison Twelve Years as a Slave Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Contents Submissions In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012

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  • Claire Hamner Matturro Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Fletcher McHale February 9 2016 by Claire Matturro Leave a Comment Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro The Secret to Hummingbird Cake Thomas Nelson 2016 by emerging Southern author Celeste Fletcher McHale manages to do a very difficult thing It spins a loving tale about enduring female friendships in a small town in the Deep South without engaging in stereotypes or sentimentality Replete with the poignancy of Filed Under Book Reviews Read of the Month Tagged With Celeste Fletcher McHale Claire Hamner Matturro February Read of the Month The Secret to Hummingbird Cake Thomas Nelson The Professor by Robert Bailey January 13 2016 by Claire Matturro 3 Comments Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Move over John Grisham there s a new kid on the legal thriller playing field Robert Bailey an Alabama trial attorney and graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law returns the kickoff for a 100 yard touchdown with his debut novel The Professor The football reference is apropos as Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Alabama Alabama Football Claire Hamner Matturro Legal Thriller Robert Bailey The Professor The University of Alabama The University of Alabama School of Law Isolation by Mary Anna Evans October 23 2015 by Claire Matturro Leave a Comment Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Isolation is Mary Anna Evans s writing at its finest which is saying a lot for this award winning author Evans has long been adept at blending history archaeology mystery and domestic drama into riveting tales smoothly written and well laced with the homegrown humidity and lushness of her native South She s conjured Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Claire Hamner Matturro Isolation Mary Anna Evans Poisoned Pen Press Cutting Loose in Paradise by Mary Jane Ryals September 25 2015 by Claire Matturro 1 Comment Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Cutting Loose in Paradise Pineapple Press 2015 by Mary Jane Ryals is a charming quirky Florida environmental mystery full of local color intriguing and unique characters poetry quality language lushly evoked landscapes a twisty turny plot and just the right touch of wry humor Though Ryals is the author of several books Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Claire Hamner Matturro Cutting Loose in Paradise Mary Jane Ryals Pineapple Press Ruth s Journey by Donald McCaig December 23 2014 by Claire Matturro Leave a Comment Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro What was Donald McCaig thinking when he undertook writing Ruth s Journey Atria Books 2014 the so called prequel to Gone with the Wind First it s a bold idea to tackle any prequel let alone one designed to set the stage for the second most popular book ever sold in America But Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Beloved Claire Hamner Matturro Donald McCaig Eugene D Genovese Gone with the Wind Mammy Margaret Mitchell Roll Jordan Roll Ruth s Journey Scarlett O Hara Toni Morrison Twelve Years as a Slave Next Page Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by

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  • Robert Bailey Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Mercer March 2016 Bailey establishes beyond doubt that he is an author to be read and reckoned Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Between Black and White Claire Hamner Matturro Legal Fiction Legal Thriller Robert Bailey The Professor The Professor by Robert Bailey January 13 2016 by Claire Matturro 3 Comments Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Move over John Grisham there s a new kid on the legal thriller playing field Robert Bailey an Alabama trial attorney and graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law returns the kickoff for a 100 yard touchdown with his debut novel The Professor The football reference is apropos as Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Alabama Alabama Football Claire Hamner Matturro Legal Thriller Robert Bailey The Professor The University of Alabama The University of Alabama School of Law Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Contents Submissions In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October

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  • The University of Alabama School of Law Archives - Southern Literary Review
    2016 by Claire Matturro 3 Comments Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Move over John Grisham there s a new kid on the legal thriller playing field Robert Bailey an Alabama trial attorney and graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law returns the kickoff for a 100 yard touchdown with his debut novel The Professor The football reference is apropos as Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Alabama Alabama Football Claire Hamner Matturro Legal Thriller Robert Bailey The Professor The University of Alabama The University of Alabama School of Law Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Contents Submissions In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011

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  • "Between Black and White," by Robert Bailey - Southern Literary Review
    court before decides to seek the death penalty Pulaski was the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan and many residents and officials in the city strive to live that down So when the murder with its roots in the old KKK lynching puts Pulaski and its Klan heritage back in the spotlight of national media city officials attempt to pressure Bo to plead guilty and avoid the further media circus of a trial Bo refuses He is innocent of murdering Walton or so he claims though no one in law enforcement believes him He calls on his former law professor and close friend Tom to defend him Reluctantly Tom agrees and retains local attorney Raymond Ray Ray Pickalew another former U of A football player Rick who is now Tom s law partner is dragged into the case as well Though Tom and Rick sense a setup they struggle against multiple roadblocks and the overwhelming physical evidence of Bo s guilt to determine who had a motive to kill Andy Walton and frame Bo During their quest Tom is assaulted and sidelined by his injuries Ray Ray is a drunk with an attitude and young Overwhelmed Rick is left to unravel the seemingly unrelated pieces of a complex emotional puzzle Villains from The Professor return to taunt and threaten Tom and Rick adding further intricacy to the plot Thus Bailey sets up the classic formula of a legal thriller Mind you formula is not used as a derogatory term here Shakespeare s sonnets were formula and critics do not dismiss them in disparaging terms As used here formula simply refers to the structure and elements that define a genre or a literary style In a legal thriller where the focus is on a criminal defendant on trial for his or her life readers expect the odds to be stacked against the defendant They expect the defense attorneys to be complicated troubled overwhelmed and conflicted And owing perhaps to the Perry Mason standard readers expect a surprise witness and revelation near the close of the trial which allows the defense attorneys to prevail and the defendant to be found not guilty There are of course notable exceptions to this basic formula Lincoln Lawyer and A Time to Kill come to mind Both of those legal thrillers had guilty defendants yet with vastly differing twists at the end Given the formulaic elements at play in the genre a successful legal thriller author has to avoid creating a stale mechanical plot that reads like a written version of a paint by number canvas Yet the author has to keep the plot within the confines of the genre or publishers will scratch their heads and throw the manuscript on the reject pile In other words authors working within a prescribed genre face a kind of delicate yet vicious circle On the one hand they must write within the parameters of their chosen genre But on the other hand they have to do something new

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