Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail

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John F. Blair, Publisher, 1983 - Fiction - 145 pages
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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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About the author (1983)

Louise Shivers was born Julia Louise Shingleton on August 15, 1929 in Stantonsburg, North Carolina. She studied briefly at Atlantic Christian College and at Meredith College, but left before graduating to get married. In the late 1960s, she enrolled in a creative writing class. Her first novella, Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, was published in 1983. It was adapted into the feature film Summer Heat in 1987. Her other works included the novella A Whistling Woman and the memoir My Shining Hour. She was a writer in residence at Georgia Regents University for many years. She died of congestive heart failure on July 26, 2014 at the age of 84.

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