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Anna Jean Mayhew

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Anna Jean (A.J.) Mayhew’s first novel, The Dry Grass of August, won the 2011 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, and was an Okra Pick of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Delta Magazine of Mississippi included the book as one of the top five novels of 2011. A Blackstone Audio book came out in December, and the novel is being translated into French and Italian for release in 2013. Last September, A. J. dined with Governor Beverly Perdue and the First Gentleman at a gathering to honor North Carolina authors, and is now working on her next novel, Tomorrow’s Bread. She will be on the faculty of the Hub City Writers Project at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, July 13-15, 2012, at On the Same Page Literary Festival September 13- ...more

Average rating: 3.81 · 12,144 ratings · 1,508 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
The Dry Grass of August

3.81 avg rating — 12,143 ratings — published 2011 — 16 editions
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"Terribly sad.

Well written, tragic southern tale. I enjoyed this book, I enjoyed the pace, and I enjoyed the dialogue, but perhaps I chose a bad time to read about southern tragedy. NeverthelesS, I am giving it four stars."
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Anna jean wrote a novel that allows us to not only ponder the race relations of the 50s but th difficulty of a dysfunction family as well as business immortality. Great read"
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“Putting God in the pledge and on money—that’s like a sign in the sky saying ‘air.’ ”
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“Browning said, ‘A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”
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“You repent. God forgives you. But the Lord don’t work in advance. He don’t pardon sins you fixing to commit.”
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“We would rather be ruined than changed
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