Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Lexington County Museum Xmas Open House


I'm going to be at the Lexington County Museum during their Christmas Open House this Sunday, December 13 (1:00 until 4:00 p.m.) signing copies of my latest novel, Dust On the Bible. The museum is located at 231 Fox Street in Lexington, SC.
Dust on the Bible began as short stories many years ago. Once I noticed that similar characters reappeared in the stories, I realized it had the makings of a longer work. Though the plot and characters are fictional, people and events of my childhood in Fairview and Pelion have been inspirational.
The novel begins with a rural family in 1944 during WWII. Autumn, when cotton is picked and corn gathered, turns into winter and a respite from farm work. One of the sons is drafted and sent to France. Through the eyes of twelve year-old Lily Chavis we experience a mid-century Christmas.
Because of her age, Lily doesn’t always interpret the meaning of what she sees and hears, but the reader will understand what Lily doesn't—that a human drama is going on among the adults in her large extended family. They have secrets that alienate them and cause heartache.
After the cold months in which hogs are butchered; the cow breaks a leg and is shot; letters arrive from France; and Lily gets into school fights, the novel comes to a close with spring and the end of the school year. 

The Lexington County Museum is a complex with 36 historic buildings, including the original county post office, a pigeon house, school house, the John Fox plantation house, and Corley log house. My table with books will be in or around the Hazelius House. I hope to see you Sunday!

The Hazelius House

J.R. Fennell, Director
231 Fox Street
Lexington, SC  29072
Phone: (803) 359-8369

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