Wild Card Quilt

Wild Card Quilt

Wild Card Quilt

The Ecology of Home
“Makes the raw beauty of an imperfect place shine.” —ORION
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From the author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood comes a story of family, geography, and home.

Janisse Ray is known for her passion for the virgin longleaf pine forests that once covered the South. But she is also passionate about conserving the richness and complexity of rural communities. In these short pieces—sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking—Ray chronicles her return to a hometown in need of repair, physical and otherwise, after seventeen years away. Whether celebrating local characters and traditions, like syrup boils and alligator trapping; fighting to save the town’s school; or spending time with her extended family, Ray dares to hope that such fragments—once saved—can pattern a vibrant, sustainable future for both people and the land.

Colorful and affectionate, Wild Cart Quilt crafts a compelling argument for the possibilities of rural community.

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5.5 × 8.5 × 0.88 in
14.7 oz
Janisse Ray

Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is the author of six books, including the widely acclaimed memoirs Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt. A recipient of numerous honors, including an American Book Award, she lives in rural Georgia and lectures widely.

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