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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Lisa Alther's new novel, Washed in the Blood

  • Alther reads from her new novel, “Washed in the Blood,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, Asheville, 7 p.m., Friday (251-6734).

 

For her sixth novel, “Washed in the Blood,” Kingsport, Tenn.-raised author Lisa Alther explores Melungeon heritage in a multi-generational saga.

Microsoft Word spellcheck does not recognize the word, “Melungeon,” but to people in Appalachia, it reaches deep into interracial history.

Building from “Kinflicks,” her much-celebrated first novel, Alther dives into what had preceded the rise and fall of her industrialist father and socialite mother.  Years of research enliven the stories of three men from three eras—Spanish colonialization, the Trail of Tears, and the 1920s eugenics campaign—with bloodlines at times unwittingly intermixing.

Alther combines sharp wit, poetic tone, and storytelling realism.

“There’s a lot I love about the South.  It’s probably the strongest influence on me,” Alther says.  “It’s where I learned to speak, so that accent is my native tongue.  In that sense, I’m a Southern writer.”

See Lisa Alther website, many great features, including audio and video,

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Comment by Mary A. Berger on February 17, 2012 at 6:31pm

"Washed in the Blood" sounds like a very interesting read.  Being northerners, we are always interested in the history of this area and its stories.  Looking forward to diving into Lisa Alther's new book!

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