Dorette asked Frances Mayes:

In Under Magnolia, (and all your work, really...) the rich sound details ~~ "I imagine fleas and snoring and sweat and couplings.." weave through the narrative as well as the beautiful scents of memory, "an outbreak of quartz, a clutch of blue bachelor's buttons" and I wonder what path in the present enticed you to begin the walk back to Fitzgerald?

Frances Mayes I can say only that memory is super powerful and I was drawn to revisit who we were, way back when, down in the deep South!

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