Grit Lit

Grit Lit

A Rough South Reader

Book - 2012
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Univ of South Carolina
Drawing on storytelling traditions as old as southern literature itself, Grit Lit is the first anthology devoted to contemporary writing about the Rough South. From literary legends to emerging voices, the acclaimed writers featured in this collection view their hardscrabble South without romanticism or false nostalgia, not through moonlight and magnolia but moonshine and Marlboros.
This is the dirty South as captured by those rooted in its land yet able to share its stories with candor and courage. Grit Lit guides readers through tales both tall and true, intoxicating stories of loss, violence, failure, feuds, family, and--above all--survival against the odds. Raw and raucous, Grit Lit gathers some of the most provocative writing to come out of the South in the last thirty years. With a preface by Edgar Award-winning author Tom Franklin and Brian Carpenter's introduction to the genre's origins and influences, this bold anthology lays bare the Rough South in all its battered glory and dares readers not to stare in awe.

Baker & Taylor
Presents an anthology of short fiction focusing on the gritty side of life in the South.

Book News
This collection of memoirs and fiction about the real life of the American South provides readers with a down and dirty glimpse into the stories of the working class, rednecks, and criminals through the lens of the cultural tropes and atmosphere of the "other" South. In stark contrast to the sweeping front porches, mint juleps, and seersucker suits of popular southern literature, this volume provides a collection of stories that illuminates a key component of this regional culture. The volume is edited by Brian Carpenter, a freelance writer on topics of southern culture, and Tom Franklin, an author and professor of creative writing at the University of Mississippi. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781611170832
Characteristics: xxxii, 358 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Franklin, Tom
Carpenter, Brian R.


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