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In 1976, memories from a night near the railroad tracks sixteen years earlier haunt Barbara Parker. She wrestles with past demons every night, then wakes to the train’s five-thirty whistle. Exhausted and dreading the day, she keeps her hands busy working in Bryson City’s textile plant, known as the “blue jean plant,” all the while worrying about her teenage daughter, ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2020 by Firefly Southern Fiction
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Angie
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Outbound Train is the moving and uplifting portrait of three generations of working class women and their struggle to survive the brutality of poverty, hopelessness, and oppression. Bryson City, North Carolina in the mid-1970s is a small mountain town governed by railroads, mills, and football. In a culture dominated by men, women like Pearlene, Barbara, and Carole Anne Parker fiercely guard their dreams, and their secrets, and suffer in isolation. It is only when the mill lays off workers and ...more
Mandy Haynes
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Renea Winchester wastes no time in taking you straight into young Barbara Parker's life. Right from the get go, you're invested and you know you're in for ride. When she introduces Carole Ann you already love her - Renea has seen to that.

She set this novel up so the reader isn't sitting on the outside, passing judgment - the reader is there in Bryson City - waking up with the train's whistle to hustle to the factory to start another shift at the sewing machine. Shopping at Piggly Wiggly and
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It’s often difficult to capture the true Southern voice and culture, but Renea Winchester does so beautifully and without pretense. A natural storyteller, Winchester’s characters are layered and true, the small town of Bryson City, NC, coming to life in all its gritty, realistic charm - I could almost feel the train rumbling beneath me and could nearly hear the hum of sewing machines in Cleveland Manufacturing. Barbara and Carole Anne’s stories weave together like two creeks into one, but with ...more
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Renea Winchester grew up in Bryson City, North Carolina. A small town once known for the production of textile products. She is the Award-winning author of: Outbound Train (Firefly Southern Fiction, April 2020);Farming, Friends, &Fried Bologna Sandwiches (Mercer University Press);
In The Garden With Billy: Lessons about Life, Love & Tomatoes (Little Creek Books). Her work has appeared in
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