Synopses & Reviews
The story of a woman's return to her childhood home. Seventeen years after leaving home for good, self-sufficient single mother Janisse Ray leaves her comfortable life in Montana to revisit her cracker origins. Craving a life built on land, history, and blood, she moves into the family's rundown 1920s farmhouse in Baxley, Georgia. There she rediscovers the nearly lost pleasures of country life -- a Thanksgiving syrup boil, alligator trapping, and neighbors -- as well as family skirmishes. Wild Card Quilt is the story of her return and the adventures that follow as she ponders whether she will stay in Baxley and die where seven generations of grandmothers had died before her. Praise for Ecology of a Cracker Childhood: The forests of the southeast find their Rachel Carlson.--The New York Times
Seventeen years after she'd left home "for good," Janisse Ray pointed her truck away from Montana and back to the small southern town where she was born. Wild Card Quilt is the story, by turns hilarious, heartbreaking, and ambitious, of the adventures of returning home. For Ray, it is a story of linking the ecology of people with the ecology of place of recovering lost traditions as she works to restore the fractured ecosystem of her native South. Her story is filled with syrup boils, quilt making, alligator trapping, and the wonderful characters of a place where generations still succeed each other on the land. But her town is also in need of repair, physical and otherwise. Ray works to save her local school, sets up a writing group at the local hardware store, and struggles with whether she can be an adult in a childhood place.
- By the author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (50,000 copies sold)
A follow-up to the American Book Award-winning "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Wild Card Quilt" finds a journey to a childhood home becoming a powerful meditation on bridging the cultural divide.