The Rose Quartz Arrowhead

The Land Beneath Our Feet

by Janice Creel Clark



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/26/2023

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 186
ISBN : 9781665732284
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 7.5x9.25
Page Count : 186
ISBN : 9781665732277

About the Book

In the hamlet of Littafuchee, Alabama, in 1985, the KIRWIN family faces hardships and adventures in a crossroads community, an admixture of hilarious and murderous eccentrics.

The Rose Quartz Arrowhead explores the reality of rural life decades ago when guns, brutality, segregation, patriarchy, and feuds ruled a closed system. As two of the keepers of the Native American rose quartz arrowhead (which represents the spirit of unconditional love when worn close to the heart), the Kirwin family’s two matriarchs do some lively storytelling about early family history. They and other locals offer insight into southern similes and metaphors, such as “the trouble with kittens is they grow up to be cats” and “dirt under my fingernails means food on our table.” Including wisdom from Alabama writers, lyricists, and pundits, this novel considers the old-timers’ dilemma: What happens when there is nobody to inherit the land? And the girl who inherits the rose quartz necklace is empowered having learned that loving deeply is both the reward and the source of pain for lives intermeshed.

Built on a foundation of southern storytelling, this coming-of-age novel for older teens and adults tells the story of one family dealing with the joys and struggles of rural Alabama life.

About the Author

Janice Creel Clark grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from UAB in political science and journalism. She worked as public relations coordinator at St. Vincent’s Hospital and in the metro news department at the Birmingham Post-Herald, where she had a long-running features column, Alabama Album. She and her husband live in Chelsea, Alabama, where she helped found the Chelsea AL Historical Society in 2017.