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South Moon Under by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1933)

South Moon Under by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was this author’s first novel, published in 1933. She struggled to gain any traction in her writing career until she and her first husband bought an orange grove in Cross Creek, Florida.

She was fascinated by the locals of Cross Creek,  poor white natives of the area who were called “crackers” in the vernacular of the time. At first wary of this Northerner, they eventually warmed to her as she gained their trust. Once she began weaving the dialect,  flora and fauna, and foodways of the people of the “big scrub” into her writing, she finally found success. Read More→

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