Fans of Fannie Flagg know that there's no replacement for Southern humor. Now take that Southern humor, mix in some social change and add four irrepressible ladies, and you get North Carolinian Dawn Shamp's debut novel On Account of Conspicuous Women.
On Account of Conspicuous Women takes place in Roxboro, N.C., (Shamp's hometown) in 1920, and the author's four "conspicuous women" are more than conspicuous they're world changers. Fighting for their rights, their short haircuts and their suffrage in the time just before the 19th amendment was passed, Bertie, Ina, Guerine and Doodle are just the kind of inspiration we Southern women need in an election year.
Dawn Shamp will read and sign copies of her book at the (quaint and Southern) Fox Tale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m.