Grit Lit by Brian Carpenter
A Rough South Reader

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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.
This is the dirty South as captured by those rooted in its land yet able to share its stories with candor and courage. Grit Lit guides readers through tales both tall and true, intoxicating stories of loss, violence, failure, feuds, family, and--above all--survival against the odds. Raw and raucous, Grit Lit gathers some of the most provocative writing to come out of the South in the last thirty years. With a preface by Edgar Award-winning author Tom Franklin and Brian Carpenter's introduction to the genre's origins and influences, this bold anthology lays bare the Rough South in all its battered glory and dares readers not to stare in awe.

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A graduate of Centre College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brian Carpenter is a freelance writer and editor. His articles on the South have appeared in Southern Cultures, Southern Literary Journal, Southern Review, The Companion to Southern Literature, and the anthology Cornbread Nation 1: The Best Southern Food Writing. A native of Dickinson, Alabama, Tom Franklin is the Edgar Award-winning author of Poachers, Hell at the Breech, Smonk, and the New York Times best seller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Franklin teaches creative writing at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
Published September 5, 2012 by University of South Carolina Press. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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New York Times best-seller Franklin (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter) and freelancer Carpenter anthologize here for the first time Grit Lit—bleak, violent, and sometimes blackly funny stories of "poor southern white" folks—in an attempt to "refocus the attention back where it belongs—on the ...

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More fighting and less showering, more guzzling and less sipping As editor Tom Franklin (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter) writes in the introduction to Grit Lit: a Rough South Reader, this anthology represents the “dirty South seen without the romanticism or false nostalgia of Gone with the Wind...

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