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The End of Tennessee

A Memoir

Rachel M. Hanson

Published: Aug 20 2024




Published: Aug 20 2024

OA Ebook
Published: Aug 20 2024


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A haunting memoir of childhood trauma, building a life, and wounds that never heal

"Not a year before I ran away from home at seventeen, I stepped out of the house at dusk, still able to see shrub oaks thinned out for winter, fame flower, too, and dun clay so wet the smell of it seemed settled in my skin." So begins Rachel M. Hanson's debut memoir about growing up impoverished, uneducated, and surrounded by violence. In lyrical, fragmented prose, she lays bare the impossible choice between self-preservation and her love for five younger siblings for whom she had become a second mother. As the years pass, Hanson struggles with guilt for leaving her siblings as she slowly realizes she could not save them. The End of Tennessee is a testament to a sister's love—to resilience and determination—a book for anyone who has left one life to create another.

Rachel M. Hanson's writing has appeared in literary journals, including Creative Nonfiction and The Iowa Review. She is assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She lives in Asheville.

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