A Girl of the Gulf is one woman’s discovery of the life her grandmother led as a child on a remote mountain along the Cumberland Plateau of East Tennessee. This poignant journey back in time to follow the early life of Shirley Marie Curtis, born in 1913, will reveal how the hardships and heartbreak she faced ultimately shaped her into a gentle and endearing grandmother to the author.
A sweet and thoughtful tribute to Shirley (Granny) through her granddaughter’s childhood reflections, Girl of the Gulf will leave the reader loving, rejoicing, or mourning with each page. Written in conjunction with Shirley’s hand-written memoirs, this relaxing read is a timeless story of overcoming profound loss and finding joy where love and family are carefully sewn.
Now, join me on a journey into the life of a very special lady. Along the edge of the Cumberland Plateau, on a small mountain in east Tennessee, clouds settle over a little town called Spencer. There, at the end of a little lane sits an old, white, hand-built house that I have known all my life.