Janice Daugharty A little girl learns from her grandmother about the natural cycles of life and death. They watch the moon waxing and waning; they watch the tomatoes in the garden grow from tiny yellow flowers to red, ripe orbs. The little girl sees herself in comparison to her grandmother--one new and the other old. They watch as the moon returns to new again and the starting-over.
Janice Daugharty "Husband and wife, they looked blood-related; they looked perfect, like arm-linking dolls on the top tier of a wedding cake. Except when they were drunk..." Assistant Professor Randolph Sears--Randy to his only two friends--is about to learn why Anthony and Verandah drink so much when they are with him. And then he sees himself as he really is, not how he hopes he is.
Janice Daugharty Gone with the wind were the mothers we knew, as they watched the movie. Usually strict, they let my cousins and me roam the shimmery, other-worldly theater. We went alone to the restrooms; we bought all the Cokes and popcorn we wanted. Coins seemed to spawn in our mothers' purses. They would never be the same and neither would I...
Janice Daugharty REVISED: Like "Fried Green Tomatoes," this short novel explores a town's misjudgment of two spirited young women, one an insider and the other an outsider. Following 9-11, 2001, and the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the residents of Statenville, Georgia are edgy and eager to lay blame, suspicious of newcomers, then out pops a girl named "Normal" from a chicken truck en route to Florida. Daff, well-known in the town, feels obligated to take Normal in, and becomes involved in the town's war against all things abnormal--especially Normal.
Janice Daugharty In acclaimed southern author Janice Daugharty’s apocalyptic Biblical thriller, the Rapture comes not with spectral flourishes or rumors of war but with unemployed former real estate agent Shelton Teasdale waking from a nap in his rural Georgia home to find the power off and his wife gone. At first, he thinks she is out with her pet goats, but going outside their small frame house, he sees that her old Jeep isn’t parked in its usual place. Depressed about his job situation and lethargic about life in general, Shelton shrugs off the peculiar circumstance at first, but as evening arrives he grows worried. Next, he notices his cell phone is dead. He sets out in his pickup truck with his dog beside him. Driving up the long dirt road running by his house, he begins to smell and see smoke out over the woods near the highway that Elaine takes to her job in the nearby town of Valdosta. When he reaches the highway he sees automobiles in every direction, some burning, some wrecked and others only parked, but empty. A massive traffic accident? Terrified, Shelton searches for Elaine amidst the wreckage. He finds her Jeep with her cell phone on the front seat and, next to it, her purse with all her belongings inside. Bizarrely, she left the ignition turned on, and the Jeep has run out gas. Shelton races to a nearby convenience store to call for help. But the frightening mystery deepens as the manager shoots at Shelton and refuses to talk to him.
By now Shelton is filled with horror. Has the United States been bombed? Has there been a massive terrorist attack? When he makes his way back to his wife’s Jeep with a can of gasoline in hand, a state patrol officer orders him out of the vehicle . . . and then scans the microchip on the top of Shelton’s right hand. Shelton bolts, unwilling to risk being jailed for reasons he can’t comprehend. He becomes a wanted man. In Daugharty’s A RIGHTEOUS WIND, the United States is a place of big brotherism gone out of control, where the citizenry is under the thumb of an international cabal known as the World Government System, headed by an iconic former President who was once hailed as a savior but is now revealed as the embodiment of evil—the Anti-Christ. Filled with poignant religious themes, the dark secrets of the political superpowers, and the struggles of the ordinary people left behind to face the Tribulation, A RIGHTEOUS WIND is a thought-provoking suspense novel that readers of apocalyptic fiction will add to their keeper shelves. “Janice Daugharty is a born storyteller.” – Joyce Carol Oates “Janice Daugharty is a natural-born writer, one of those Georgia women like O'Connor, McCullers, or Siddons who are best grown in small towns, a long way from city lights. There is a lot of red clay and long nights in every line she puts on paper." --- Pat Conroy
Janice Daugharty’s 1997 novel, EARL IN THE YELLOW SHIRT, (HarperCollins) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of seven acclaimed novels and one short story collection. She has served as writer-in-residence at Valdosta State University, in Valdosta, Georgia, near her home, and is now writer-in-residence at Abraham Baldwin College. Visit the author at www.janicedaugharty.com
Special thanks to my editor at Belle Bride Books, Deb Smith, for this long description of "A Righteous Wind"
Janice Daugharty Dot Knight, Sunday school teacher supreme, sets out one summer evening with her class to invite a select group of Mexican migrants to revival. The object is to fill her class's pew, and in her crooked thinking the Mexicans should be easy pickings (vulnerable as they are). Really, Dot's object is to nab the admiration of the preacher at this, her third church where she got "saved" last time.
Janice Daugharty Known only as "Sister," the girl watches her wicked step-daddy sack up her cats to toss in the river. As Sister says though, "This isn't the worst thing William B. Blaine ever did." She hopes this pet sacrifice proves enough to cause her mother to make him go. Sister is obcessed with her mother's dedication to mean men; her trying to make of them who she wants them to be rather than who they are.
Janice Daugharty Hun is ninety-some-odd years old and at the mercy of a bitter, controlling black woman hired by the family to keep their beloved relative at home till she dies. When Hun's two grand-nieces show up one fall morning for a visit, the caregiver cranks her meanness up a notch. She gets them told! Hun cries...
Janice Daugharty Two teenage girls, out scouting the Alapaha River, in South Georgia, happen up on two escaped death-row prisoners. One girl is killed and the other, Ruth, is taken hostage on a boat ride downriver for an extended nightmare of torture and sacrifice. At the end of the river, Ruth witnesses the most shocking of all sacrifices--THE sacrifice. Janice Daugharty, author of 7 published novels.