Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail

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John F. Blair, Publisher, 2003 - Farm life
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When Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail was first published in 1983, it was named the best first novel of the year by USA Today. Set in the tobacco country of North Carolina in 1937, the story is told through the voice of Roxy Walston, the 20-year-old daughter of the town undertaker, wife of a struggling tobacco farmer, and mother of a two-year-old. When Jack Ruffin, a wanderer looking for work, is sent out to the farm to help Roxy's husband, things are set in place that change Roxy's life forever.
 

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Shivers's 1983 first novel recounts the age-old story of a love triangle among a neglected wife, her husband, and the stranger who puts some passion back in her dreary existence. Shivers's style and her descriptions of the 1930s North Carolina setting made it fresh. ... Read full review

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