State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love (Paperback)Aida Rogers (editor)
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Thematically organised, this collection offers a geographic and emotional scope that is as diverse as its contributors. Sportswriters describe beloved arenas; historians reflect on church ruins and forts. A playwright recalls the magic of her first theatre experience; a food writer revels in a coastal joint that serves fresh oysters. Backyards, front porches, a small library at a children's home, the Savannah River Site, and places that are gone except in the memories of the writers who loved them-these are just a few of the locales covered, all showing how South Carolina has changed and inspired people in a variety of ways.
State of the Heart evokes a sense of history and timelessness by bringing together heartfelt responses to South Carolina rooted in memory, drawing on reflection, inspiration, and love. The anthology reveals a state that is more than a playground for tourists; it is a state of human hiding places that echo in the hearts of its literary citizens. Though presented as a book about place, the collection is ultimately about our shared connections to one another, to a complex common past, and to ongoing efforts to frame and build a future of promise and possibility.
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 228 x 155 x 15 mm
"Rogers has assembled and edited an anthology of reflections on favorite spots, and she has selected a group of writers who can express themselves meaningfully and with descriptions that create wanderlust or nostalgia and, in several cases, set your mouth to watering."
Ivy Moore, "The Item," May 2013
"'State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love' shines new light into places as familiar as a clucking fiddler crab shaking its 'big' claw at the high and mighty. And it helps us explore unknown places, telling how they came to be and why they matter."
David Lauderdale, "The Island Packet," June 2013
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