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By Rachel Pappalardo, Digital Communications Intern

Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South (UNC Press, 2019) was recently named a Spring 2019 “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA). As an Okra Pick, Mothers and Strangers will be hand-sold at SIBA bookstores across the American South. Mothers and Strangers is one of twelve spring 2019 publications SIBA has identified as “the best southern literature, fresh off the vine.”

Edited by Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith, Mothers and Strangers collects twenty-eight writers’ reflections on their relationship with their mothers, connecting their personal family dynamics to the broader economic, social, and cultural shifts in the American South from the Great Depression onward. The anthology includes creative nonfiction by a number of UNC Creative Writing faculty, including Marianne Gingher, Daniel Wallace (Program Director), Alan Shapiro, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Randall Kenan, Bland Simpson, and James Seay (emeritus), as well as UNC alumni Jill McCorkle, Sally Greene, and Clyde Edgerton.

To purchase a copy of Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South, visit the UNC Press website.

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