Angela Gail Griffin is a lifelong resident of Georgia and currently lives near the Georgia Writers Museum and the Uncle Remus Museum. Three of Georgia’s most beloved authors, Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor, and Joel Chandler Harris, began their writing careers within twenty miles of her hometown. Angela finds it fortuitous that her dream of putting pen to paper to share the enthralling family stories passed down by her mother came true on Georgia writers’ hallowed ground.
When not writing, Angela enjoys oil painting, sculling, and making music with her family. Accompanied by her husband on guitar and brothers on banjo and harmonica, Angela joins in on the autoharp and dobro. She believes the family that plays together stays together. This is her first book.
My great-grandmother, Lula, in 1939, the year her husband Budley died, and the year she brought her twelve-year-old granddaughter, my mother Irma, to live with her. At the time of this photograph, Lula is fifty-three years old and still trying to atone for what she did to Mildred by raising Mildred’s child.
My grandmother, Mildred Robinson on the Robinson farm in 1946. When she was pregnant with her seventh and last child in 1947, Heber sold the farm and dumped her and their children at his oldest daughter’s house in town.
My grandfather, Heber Robinson. They say the eyes are windows to the soul. When I look into his eyes, I see darkness.
Lula’s headstone in the Watermelon Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Glennville, Georgia. Ironically, a woman who abused and abandoned her child is buried with “Mother” above her name.