The Cracker Queen: A Memoir Of A Jagged, Joyful Life
- Publish Date: 2009-04-16
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Lauretta Hannon
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Marking the debut of a powerfully original Southern voice, The Cracker Queen begins with the childhood experiences and adventures of Lauretta Hannon in backwater Warner Robins. Her mama and jazz musician daddy have a deep and disorderly love with years of booze, infidelities, and nervous breakdowns, but through it all she feels cherished. The stories of her deeply dysfunctional family include chain gangs, guns, ghost hunting, moonshine stands, scooterpootin', the famous Goat Man of Georgia, and Crazy Aunt Carrie who is arrested for assaulting a police dog. The early years of hardship and hard living all gave Hannon the resilience and humor that are now the hallmarks of her Cracker Queen way of life.
From Warner Robins she moves to Savannah's most eccentric neighborhoods and lives among its lively crew of hellions, heroines, bad seeds, thugs, and renegades, including a lady who keeps the Baby Jesus chained up in her front yard, a woman who looks like a rutabaga, and the root doctor that works a hoodoo on her.
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