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Southern Sin

True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly

by Lee Gutkind Editor · Beth Ann Fennelly Editor


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23 strange-but-true stories of women flirting with perdition... In the steamy South, temptation is as wild and plentiful as kudzu. Whether the sin in question is skinny-dipping or becoming an unlikely porn star, running rum or renting out a room to a pair of exhibitionistic adulterers, in these true stories women defy tradition and forge their own paths through life—often learning unexpected lessons from the experience.
As Dorothy Allison writes in her introduction, “The most dangerous stories are the true ones, the ones we hesitate to tell, the adventures laden with fear or shame or the relentless pull of regret. Some of those are about things that we are secretly deeply proud to have done."
A diverse array of contributors—mothers, daughters, sisters, best friends, fiancées, divorcees, professors, poets, lifeguards-in-training, lapsed Baptists, tipsy debutantes, middle-aged lesbians—lend their voices to this collection. Introspective and abashed, joyous and triumphant (but almost never apologetic), they remind us that sin, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Lee Gutkind (Editor)

Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine and the editor of anthologies including The Best Creative Nonfiction series and I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse. He is currently D...

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