Possum Track Chronicles
Imagine a time not so far away and yet so long ago . . . It is the 1970s, deep South, rural Eastern North Carolina, once the “world capital” of the tobacco farming industry. On the Coastal Plains, nestled along the Pamlico River is a tiny town called Chocowinity.
The characters are original and southern. Donna’s father is a haunted artist and gifted carpenter. Her mother, Pam, a full-time mom, with three children by the age of twenty who attempts to keep it together in a poor family where alcohol and substance abuse became the norm. When her father’s alcoholism worsens, Donna begins to resent him. Finally, on a night when violence reached its terrifying worst, the young family is spirited away for protection, and her parents divorced. Soon her father’s demons re-emerge and he falls into depression characterized by more substance abuse. Several times, their loving extended family comes to the rescue. Among the layers and human elements of this story, there lies an ominous secret. Donna has known it as long as she can remember. She keeps it hidden, as this might change everything.
What unfolds is a funny, touching story of a Generation X tomboy growing up in 1970s and 1980s—before car seat belts were required and when shoes were still optional in the grocery store. This unique story is autobiographical. Funny, original, and bittersweet, it is full of Southern culture and generational relevance. This is not just one girl’s story of growing up in a stormy relationship with her father, and their life in poverty. It is a story of coming of age. A must-read for everyone.
Possum Track Chronicles, by Donna Elks, is now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookseller.
Journeys Along The Quiet Path
Journeys Along The Quiet Path is a truly like a walk in the woods on a warm spring day. While the poetry in this book can certainly be appreciated as modern and free-verse, much of it still has the traditional flavor of much older, standard American and English poetry. There is a definite love of nature that comes through in the verses, and the rhythm is distinctive, yet relaxed.
The author has the ability to weave a story, or a thought or emotion that appeals to the average reader, while also maintaining the substance that many traditionalists look for. Whether the content is called prose or poetry, or whether the subject is lost love, newfound love, or appreciating the fog on the harbor, it can certainly be said that Journeys Along The Quiet Path is a work of great simplicity and beauty in words and even still, is graced with a gentle profoundness.
Journeys Along The Quiet Path, by Donna Elks, is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookseller.