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Anna Jean Mayhew

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in Charlotte, North Carolina, The United States



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Anna Jean (A.J.) Mayhew’s first novel, The Dry Grass of August, won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Book Award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. She has been writer-in-residence at Moulin à Nef Studio Center in Auvillar, France, and was a member of the first Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Writers' Network. A native of Charlotte, NC, A.J. has never lived outside the state, although she often travels to Europe with her Swiss-born husband. Her work reflects her vivid memories of growing up in the segregated South. A.J.—a mother and
grandmother—now lives in a small town in the North Carolina Piedmont with her husband and their French-speaking cat.

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The Dry Grass of August

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Tomorrow's Bread

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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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“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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“Browning said, ‘A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”
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