Low Country

Catapult. Apr. 2021. 240p. ISBN 9781948226868. $26. MEMOIR
In a haunting, lyrical narrative, journalist Jones depicts the history of her family, set against the backdrop of South Carolina. Interspersing stories of the ghosts who haunt the South Carolina Low Country and skeletons from her family’s past, Jones crafts a gothic setting for a literary memoir, while maintaining an invitingly informal narrative voice. With a series of vivid snapshots, she charts the rise of her family’s wealth as they acquired beachfront properties, as well as the hidden tolls of domestic violence and drug abuse. The author’s writing shines when recounting memories of spending days and nights at her grandmother’s house, as well as stories of Jones’s father who tries to break (although he does not always succeed) the cycle of violence that he experienced from his own father. Threaded throughout are stories of the infamous pirates and long-suffering women who gave the Low Country its ghost story–rich history.
VERDICT Jones’s gift for spinning a tale is readily apparent, and her intertwining the history of the Low Country with her own familial history gives the book depth. A haunting memoir with poetic prose that will appeal to a large audience, owing to its interesting subject and skillful writing.
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