It all adds up to necessary lies.
It always starts with the loss of innocence.
Life had plenty to offer beautiful seventeen-year-old Cliffie Flowers in 1953 backwoods Georgia before she got pregnant by a local lothario whose conquests also included her sister. Fearing the disappointment of her adoring father, Cliffie lies to conceal her downfall as the golden girl who might have been the hope of her poor family. But her deception leads to far worse trouble.
"Janice Daugharty is a born story-teller. Her voice is a finely honed 'Southern' voice that is warm, vibrant, and original; her characters seem to leap from the page, fully imagined in a sentence or two. Best of all, her fiction is rich with surprises. Each story is like a wild, improvised ride that takes us to an unexpected destination."
--Joyce Carol Oates
"Janice Daugharty is a natural-born writer." --Pat Conroy
"Daugharty once again has succeeded in creating a suspenseful, well-written narrative around an unusual plot line." --Library Journal
Janice Daugharty's 1997 novel, EARL IN THE YELLOW SHIRT (HarperCollins) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of seven acclaimed novels and two short story collections. She serves as writer-in-residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia.
Visit the author at JaniceDaugharty.com
She is only seventeen when she marries into a world of privilege, mystery, heartache and passion . . .
Doll Baxter is barely grown when she weds wealthy older landowner Daniel Staten in order to save her family's impoverished farm in post-Civil War Georgia. Over the decades that follow, Doll and Daniel struggle to resolve the tensions between them. Both are strong-willed; both are rooted to the fertile southern soil. The twists and turns of their lives together influence the fates of many around them, both black and white.
"It seemed that people were just passing through only long enough for you to get to loving them, then gone as if they never were, or were somebody you had dreamed up for the sole purpose of bringing suffering. Love was dangerous suddenly; a child or husband might be with you one day and gone the next and leave you gnawing on the corner of your pillow to keep from crying out questions in the middle of the night. Then morning, there was always morning."
Janice Daugharty's 1997 novel, EARL IN THE YELLOW SHIRT (HarperCollins), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of seven acclaimed novels and two short story collections. She serves as writer-in-residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, in Tifton, Georgia.
Visit the author at www.janicedaugharty.com
She held him prisoner. He set her free.
A moonshiner's downtrodden wife. A federal agent in search of illegal stills. A love neither expected. A situation about to explode.
When her cruel husband, Hamp, kidnaps Mac, an FBI agent working undercover as a whiskey revenuer, Merdie Lee is given the job of caring for him. Against all common sense, Mac and Merdie Lee, a midwife and aspiring country-western singer, fall in love. Mac becomes determined to rescue her from her dangerous, abusive situation. Tensions boil out of control after a blackmailing sheriff pushes Hamp over the edge.
No one may come out of the pine woods of South Georgia alive.
"Filled with tension and drama."--Publishers Weekly
"Nothing is as it first appears in this odd but engaging love story."--Library Journal
"Sensuous, swift, full of sparkling twists, [Daugharty's] is a voice so rich that a single page can be thrilling."--The New York Times Book Review
Janice Daugharty's 1997 novel, EARL IN THE YELLOW SHIRT, (HarperCollins), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of seven acclaimed novels and two short story collections. She serves as writer-in-residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, in Tifton, Georgia.
Visit the author at www.janicedaugharty.com
Sympathy for a man-hunting siren? Sibyl says she's dying. But this sexy new neighbor in a small Georgia town, circa 1960, may be lying. After all, her main goal seems to be milking her story in order to keep her husband, Robert, under her thumb while also enchanting his best friend, P.W.
For plain-Jane Earlene, P.W.'s wife, Sibyl's suspicious motives include a bewildering mix of syrupy kindness and sly cruelty. Earlene's attempts to point out Sibyl's behavior to others in town sound petty toward a dying woman. Who is Sibyl, really? Her lavish spending hints at a hidden source for money, since Robert isn't rich. How is it possible to be both repelled and hypnotized by her? There are secrets waiting to be exposed.
Janice Daugharty's 1997 novel, EARL IN THE YELLOW SHIRT (HarperCollins), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of ten acclaimed novels, five other novels in ebook-only format, and two short story collections--GOING THROUGH THE CHANGE and more recently GOING TO JACKSON. All of her work can now be enjoyed in ebook editions. She serves as writer-in-residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. For more on Janice visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/janice.daugharty.
Meet the Scurvy family, an impoverished clan who are the scourge of their small white-trash community. Mother has died in childbirth, leaving behind her newborn and four uneducated children. Father, a toothless and slothful man, cannot muster the money for her funeral. Their 15-year-old daughter, the only girl among three brothers, realizes that the newborn infant is now hers to raise; something that will finally put meaning into her life. And the brothers find themselves enlisted by the town's corrupt bigwig to run moonshine -- a risky venture, but the only way they'll be able to earn the money to bury their mother.
Written in a powerful voice unique to Daugharty, Earl in the Yellow Shirt is narrated in alternating chapters by each of the main characters, their voices corning to the story with different nuances of hope and despair. It is a compelling work that solidifies Daugharty's versatile storytelling talents.