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Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.
Dear DeeDee by
A Sour Mash Southern Literature title from Regal House Publishing
December 4, 2020
$13.95 - paperback
A homesick-for-the-South aunt.
A North Carolina niece.
A correspondence that explores what makes us who we are.
“Hilarious and heartbreaking” —Norma Watkins, That Woman from Mississippi
“A beguiling take on Southern memoir”—Cris Mazza, Something Wrong with Her
West Coast-based Aunt K (the author) writes to niece DeeDee, ostensibly to bring her up to speed on family history and share anecdotes about their North
Carolina relatives, past and present. The letters soon evolve into broader discussions of community, loss, love, ambition, leaving the South (in body, if not mind) and what it means to negotiate life as a female. Integral to the correspondence are books and writers (from Burroughs to Woolf), landscapes
and cityscapes in North Carolina, California, New Mexico, New York, East Sussex and elsewhere. A persistent theme: the inter-weavings of person and place. In the tradition of Jane Austen’s letters to niece Fanny Knight and Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice, DeeDee is a female’s interpretation of the world. It is also, in the sum of its parts, deeply concerned with the question of which
elements (genetic and circumstantial) conspire to make us who we are.
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