A Place Called Wiregrass   -     By: Michael Morris
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A Place Called Wiregrass

HarperCollins / 2004 / Paperback

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Erma Lee is on the run from an abusive husband. She's running from a mother who doesn't care--never cared. Running from a soul-numbing factory job that embodies a spirit that has held her down her entire life. She and her granddaughter, Cher, flee to the town of Wiregrass, Alabama, where she can escape her past and start over or so Erma Lee thinks. In Wiregrass Erma Lee forms an unlikely friendship with Miss Claudia, an elderly socialite who is hiding a few details about her own past. Life in Wiregrass is different, merciful and promising. Promising, until the day Cher's convict father arrives in town and then all three women must come to terms with buried secrets.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0060727101
ISBN-13: 9780060727109
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Publisher's Description

Erma Lee is on the run . . . Running from an abusive husband . . . running from a mother who doesn't care -- never cared. Running from a soul-numbing factory job that has held her down her entire life ...

Erma Lee and her granddaughter, Cher, flee to the town of Wiregrass, Alabama, to escape the past and start over -- or so Erma Lee thinks. Erma Lee forms an unlikely friendship with Miss Claudia, an elderly socialite who is hiding a few details about her own past. Life in Wiregrass is different for Erma Lee and Cher, for here they find mercy and promise -- until, that is, the day Cher's convict father arrives in town, forcing all three women to come to terms with buried secrets.

Author Bio

A fifth-generation native of Perry, Florida, a rural area near Tallahassee, Michael Morris knows southern culture and characters. It is the foundation and inspiration for the stories and novels he writes.

Upon graduating from Auburn University, Michael worked for U.S. Senator Bob Graham and then became a sales representative for pharmaceutical companies. As a sales representative, Michael decided to follow a life-long desire and began writing in the evenings. The screenplay he penned during this time is still someplace in the bottom of a desk drawer.

It is when Michael accepted a position in government affairs and moved to North Carolina that he began to take writing more seriously. While studying under author Tim McLaurin, Michael started writing the story that would eventually become his first novel, A Place Called Wiregrass. The novel was released in April, 2002 and is currently in its third printing. A Place Called Wiregrass was named a Booksense 76 selection by members of the American Independent Booksellers Association as and is part of the southern literature curriculum at two universities. Michael's latest novel, Slow Way Home, will be released by Harper Collins on September 23 and his work can be seen in the southern anthology Stories From The Blue Moon Café II.

Michael and his wife, Melanie, reside in Fairhope, Alabama.

Editorial Reviews

“Erma Lee is a wonderful character ...It is hard to believe that Wiregrass is a first novel.”
“...truly inspiring and uplifting without ever being preachy or didactic. A real page turner with very strong characters.”-

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    This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It was full of interesting characters and made you feel as if you knew them. You never know what is right around the corner.
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    March 11, 2008
    Jen
    A great read, suspense and humor. Compassion and understanding are key points made in this book. The ending could have been a little bit better but was overall a nicely paced read.
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