We can’t always travel to the places on our bucket list. But we can go there with books! I started the Fifty States Of Fiction challenge with the aim of reading one book from every state in the country. Each week in 2017 I’ll be here to talk about a different state, share with you some geographical fun facts, and explore how a novel, play, or personal narrative captures the essence of the area. Want to follow along? Check out this free printable calendar I’ve created just for you! Let’s get started!
Today’s State: Georgia
Nickname: Empire State of the South
Motto: “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation”
Bird: Brown thrasher
Flower: Cherokee rose
Entered the union in: 1788
Now, pack your bags everybody. We’re about to explore Georgia as Mary Kay Andrews portrays it in Savannah Blues.
Weezie is on the hunt for antiques. And, in Savannah, Georgia, there’s certainly no shortage! Seven miles outside of town sits Beaulieu, a historic estate located on the rice plantations of the Skidaway River. It was once the grandest plantation house in the South with spectacular clawfoot bathtubs, vintage molding, and original plaster rosettes. Now the house slumps in a dwindling shadow of its former architectural glory, crumbling away into nothing. Compared to its decay, Weezie’s 1858 townhouse is a restored gem in the Savannah historic district. Warm pine floorboards and a wrought-iron entryway adorn even the structure’s slim two-story carriage house. In addition to a cottage out on Tybee Island, Savannah’s beach community, which backs right up to the water and shows off a spectacular view of the emerald Atlantic, the story takes us all around Savannah, showing off the food and the people who live among the sweltering heat. Along the way, Weezie is motivated by her love for antiques. Her ability to spot a find is her saving grace. But, in the end, it’s something much newer than her precious 1858 Moses Weed cupboard that catchers Weezie’s eye (and her heart). And his name is Daniel.
Have you read any other books set in Georgia? Have you traveled there yourself? Make sure to let me know what the Empire State of the South means to you in the comments! Check back here next week to explore Hawaii through literature.
And remember, if you want to keep up with our schedule as we travel the country, you can download my free printable calendar.
See you all next week!