Southern Sin

Southern Sin

True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
Features twenty-three true stories of women in the South defying tradition and flirting with sin, including contributions from an array of individuals, including divorcees, professors, lifeguards-in-training, debutantes, and lapsed Baptists.

Perseus Publishing
23 strange-but-true stories of women flirting with perdition... In the steamy South, temptation is as wild and plentiful as kudzu. Whether the sin in question is skinny-dipping or becoming an unlikely porn star, running rum or renting out a room to a pair of exhibitionistic adulterers, in these true stories women defy tradition and forge their own paths through life?often learning unexpected lessons from the experience.

As Dorothy Allison writes in her introduction, ?The most dangerous stories are the true ones, the ones we hesitate to tell, the adventures laden with fear or shame or the relentless pull of regret. Some of those are about things that we are secretly deeply proud to have done.”

A diverse array of contributors?mothers, daughters, sisters, best friends, fiancées, divorcees, professors, poets, lifeguards-in-training, lapsed Baptists, tipsy debutantes, middle-aged lesbians?lend their voices to this collection. Introspective and abashed, joyous and triumphant (but almost never apologetic), they remind us that sin, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

These stories may be from the South, but there are no shy, retiring belles here! Whether remembering of the power of a cheerleading uniform or flirting with another woman’s husband, the women in this collection of true stories play with fire ? sometimes literally. These stories range from the poetic and personal ? dancing warm nights away with strangers and renting out rooms to adulterers with an exhibitionistic streak ? to the journalistic, including a piece about Willie Carter Sharpe, the ?queen of Roanoke rum runners,” as well as a story about Alice Mitchell and Freda Ward, whose plan to run away and live as ?man” and wife ended in scandal and murder in 1892. This collection includes contributions by Southern women from a broad range of circumstances and stages of life: teenage cheerleaders, middle-aged lesbians struggling to find acceptance from their aging parents, and Atlanta divorcees trying to get back into the dating game.

Publisher: Pittsburgh, PA : In Fact Books, c2014
ISBN: 9781937163105
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Fennelly, Beth Ann 1971-
Gutkind, Lee


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