PUBLISHED IN: 2017.
THE AUTHOR: Alexandra Christle
THE PUBLISHER: Deeds Publishing
SUMMARY: When 1960s housewife Helen Hodges chances to meet textile mill owner David Drummond in her small South Carolina town, her repressed longing for a child is reawakened and discontent floods her life. As union and racial tensions in the town escalate, Helen is torn between her Catholic faith, her duty to her husband, and her growing desire to be with David. Overrun with guilt, Helen forsakes her lover and chooses to remain with her husband, until she learns some life-changing news and rushes to tell David before he leaves town, and her life…forever.
THE BACK STORY: While I was searching through jobs for my hero, I came across some Supreme Court briefs on Darlington Manufacturing, a textile mill in South Carolina. The case spiked my interest, and eventually I made several trips to the Historical Commission in Darlington, SC to research the background of the plant. In 1956, the mill workers voted to join the TWUA (Textile Workers Union). In retaliation, the plant’s owner, Roger Milliken, shut down the plant, forcing over 500 people to lose their jobs. I found the story touching and heartbreaking. I hope, even though my version is fiction, to keep the memory of those who worked there alive.
WHY THIS TITLE?: I overheard a friend at a party say a place was “between nowhere and lost” and thought it would make a great title for a book.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? This story is inspired by a true event from the 1950s in Darlington, SC. Although I set the novel in a fictional town in the 1960s, anyone with an interest in the south and lifestyle of that era can enjoy the book.
REVIEW COMMENTS: Through the eyes of Helen Hodges, the real life stakes of the sweeping social changes of the 1960s come to life. Helen struggles with her faith, fertility, morality, gender, and the way of life she’d always known and sometimes found distasteful. I was really impressed by the way the author wove together union busting, north-south tension, race, and housewife ennui.
A relatable story that kept me on the edge of my seat while also challenging my internal conflict as to what was right and wrong.
AUTHOR PROFILE: Born in New York City, Alexandra was transplanted to a small town in South Carolina at the age of 11, after the death of her father. Embracing the south took some adjustments for a Yankee child, but now a resident of Norfolk, Virginia, she loves and claims the south as her home.
With a degree from the University of Missouri Journalism School, her career has spanned newspaper advertising, teaching high school English, and working as a graphic designer for a commercial print shop. But writing fiction is her passion–she started her first “novel” at age 7 and made it through two chapters before abandoning it for Barbie and Ken. And when most young girls dreamed of being Miss America, Alexandra’s dream was to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, talking about her latest novel.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: I lived in a small South Carolina town in the mid-1960s, and I drew on that experience to write this story. I’m old enough to recall the racial tensions, separate public areas, and the young black boy who was one of only two Negroes in the school when I was in 7th grade there.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: Available on Amazon for Kindle.
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: DeedsPublishing.com , Amazon, or through my website
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