Her Own Place (Southern Revivals) (Paperback)
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Her Own Place traces the life and times of Mae Lee Barnes, an African American woman from rural South Carolina. The novel begins with Mae Lee's life as a teenager in the 1940s and follows her eventual marriage to her boyfriend, Jeff Barnes, who proposes before going off to fight in World War II. While Jeff is in the army, Mae Lee works rotating shifts at a local munitions plant and saves every penny she can to purchase a small farm. When Jeff returns from the war, he alternates between spending time on the farm and going to find work in the city, and eventually the family decides to start a new life in the city together. The day their new life is to begin, Jeff abandons Mae Lee and their five children, and the story traces Mae Lee's struggles and triumphs after Jeff leaves, including her challenges as a single parent on a working farm, her life after her children are grown, the realities of racial integration in the South, and the realization that her memory is slipping away.
About the Author
Dori Sanders grew up near York, South Carolina, where she still lives. Sanders is also the author of the novel Clover--winner of the Lillian Smith Award-- and a cookbook, Dori Sanders' Country Cooking. She lives on her family's land, one of the oldest black-owned farms in the country, and divides her time between public speaking appearances and managing the Sanders' Peach Shed