In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are 14 Cal & Ada Claire facts. Cal and Ada Claire are high-school sweethearts, strong parental figures for Ritchie and Selma, and inspired by my grandparents. I always think, even though my grandparents divorced, that they had a deep and complex love. They, like Cal and Ada Claire, were … More 14 Facts for Valentine’s Day
5. Gammage’s Drug Store was a real store in Greenville, Alabama. My mother always told me about growing up going to Gammage’s, so I named a Pine Creek store after it. It’s at the same intersection as Langley’s Five and Dime, which is named after my childhood best friend and her family. The depot hadn’t … More Facts 5-8 of 105 Facts!
105 days until my thesis is due! In honor of that, I’m starting a running list of “105 Facts about The Left & the Leaving.” These are facts or Easter eggs I’ve sprinkled into my book: real names, dates, or events, or just subtle nods & inside jokes. This is a running list, and I’ll … More 105 Facts about The Left & the Leaving.
The Left & the Leaving centers around the Womack family, a fictional family in equally fictional Pine Creek, a town in (you guessed it!) fictional Cahawba County, Alabama. The Womacks are real, though, and this fictional line of Womacks descends from the real-life Womacks that settled in Butler County, Alabama, in the early 1800s. My … More The “Real” Womacks
Or when it smacks you in the face.