It may not be Wanda Maureen Miller’s “Last Trip Home,” but that’s the name of her most recent novel is called.
The Village High School and Southern State College graduate will sign copies of book and meet the public at the Columbia County Library on Friday afternoon, and at Gunter Hill Collections on the square from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.
Miller will also be featured on a Magnolia Blossom Festival parade float in a scene reminiscent of the 1960s television show, “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
Miller is the author of four books and her latest semi-autobiographical work, “Last Trip Home: A Story of An Arkansas Farm Girl” officially went on sale this week from She Writes Press.
The author also studied at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Miller and her husband live in Manhattan Beach, CA, where she is retired as an English professor at El Camino College.
She Writes Press offers this description of the book:
“’Who do you thank you are, the Quane of Anglund?’ That’s what Grace Marie’s father used to say to her whenever he thought she was getting out of her place. In her fifties now, Grace Marie is a college professor living in a beach town in California, and when she gets a phone call telling her that her father is dead, she is glad. She hopes her return for his funeral will be her ‘last trip home.’
“As a young girl Grace Marie struggled to escape from poverty, her father's lecherous, controlling grip, and a husband in the Klan. Determined to get an education, she clawed her way to a comfortable life and a home with indoor toilets―but her most unexpected struggle turned out to be survivor’s guilt, so she kept returning home to ‘fix’ her family and the sharecropper shack. After her father’s funeral, Grace Marie burns down the family home -- only to discover that she has unexpected ties to both the land and the people in her community. She realizes she will never have a ‘last trip home.’”