"A memoir of three generations of women rich in historical detail"--from the Civil War to the Jazz Age (Kirkus Reviews).
Shortly after her mother's death in 2011, Sallie Bingham discovered a blue box in her mother's closet containing the forgotten remnants of her foremothers' lives. From her great-grandmother Sallie, was a gilded memoir written for her children during her final years; from her grandmother, Helena, a book of short stories she'd published called Legends of Virginia
; and her mother, Mary, had left behind a grand romance in letters documenting her four-year courtship to the man who'd become Sallie Bingham's father.
Long before Sallie knew the details of these women's lives she recognized the steel thread that ran through their personalities: resilience and indomitability. But to what extent did this steel thread tie up their secrets? How closely linked were their unquestioned feelings of Southern superiority--social, racial, moral, intellectual--to their ability to survive, even flourish, as their fortunes sank and rose? For years, Sallie could only speculate.
Out of this astonishing 150-year treasure trove, Sallie Bingham has woven "more than a memoir; it's an historical account of the legacies, heritages and travails of three generations of Southern women . . . in the living language of complex and exquisitely-preserved letters. Sallie Bingham's meticulous and comprehensive work gives us a glimpse into another world--previously frozen in a 'cornflower blue' time capsule" (Bowling Green Daily News