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A Poor Man's Supper

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by Jim Gulledge  US United States

August 26, 2020   |    1,091 reads    |   0 comments

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A Poor Man's Supper - Book coverAuthor Jim Gulledge’s novella, A Poor Man’s Supper, is set in the Asheville area and is  particularly inspired by the his experiences in the Saluda community.

North Carolina writer Ruth Moose has said of A Poor Man’s Supper that it …”reads like a ballad and …could be set to music.”  Dr. Gulledge acknowledges the influence of his own European ancestors on his work.  “Our folk culture in Western North Carolina was and continues to be heavily influenced by waves of English and Scottish immigrants who brought their songs and stories with them from Great Britain. The majority of my mother’s people immigrated from Scotland to Pennsylvania and then down the Great Wagon Road to North Carolina. I tried to imagine one of their old folk songs coming to life in prose.” 

The main character of the tale is a young woman named Vancie Keller who is trying to survive on her mother’s failing farm when her life is forever altered by the arrival of two very different men: Josiah Buckland and Jagger Hill. The book is in part a morality tale about the tremendous consequences of our choices and actions, but is sprinkled with revelry in the natural world, faith, song and myth.

Author's Note: 

A Poor Man's Supper began while I was attending my Aunt Lois' funeral. On a hot, humid afternoon in South Carolina as I slowly melted into my shoes, I saw a very sad boy sitting under the funeral tent at the cemetary in a state of obvious anguish over my aunt's death. Suddenly a voice in my head said, "This is where the story begins." Well, the story didn't really begin for about two years after that day, but when it eventually did, the boy was there. For some strange reason, in A Poor Man's Supper the boy stands in a graveyard on a winter's day being pelted by sleet... but that is the mystery of writing.


About The Author

Jim Gulledge was shaped by his large, Southern extended family and was taught at an early age never to let facts get in the way of a good story. Much of Jim’s own story has been lived out in the small village of Misenheimer in North Carolina.

As a young man, Jim chose to attend Pfeiffer College where he met his wife, Linda. He has now worked there for the past thirty years currently serving as the Director of Academic Support Services and Assistant Professor of Developmental Studies. The passions of his academic life are helping young people in their life journeys and teaching a... more

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