Category: Book Buzz
Published: 14 July 2014
Not Born Here: Stories from Marsden N.C. by Dennis Sinar
"Written by a Yankee but filled with southern charm, Not Born Here embraces the heart of southern culture and tradition with humorous and heart-warming stories. Sinar's characters jump off the page with telling details and the cadence of the south in an affectionate nod to his adopted home…"
—Marni Graff, award-winning author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries
"Sinar captures the unique voice and rich color of yesterday’s Coastal Carolina people, rivaling Patsy Moore Ginns’s recounts of Carolina life in her book Rough Weather Makes Good Timber. Each unique story features characters from the fictitious town of Marsden who offer the reader a glimpse into their own unique life experiences. A witty, colorful preservation of local flavor, uniqueness and language spun by a master storyteller."
—Angela Beach Silverthorne, award-winning co-author of Depression Cookies
"Dennis Sinar is a transplanted Yankee whose book, Not Born Here, has captured the experience of encountering a culture and a use of the English language foreign to his own. He has met these characters and their stories with a relish and kindness, retelling them so that we can share with him the sounds, tastes, textures, and visuals that enrich the heritage we Southerners take for granted. You will smile, laugh out loud, and maybe find yourself in some of his characters and their attitudes toward life and home."
—Doris Schneider, author of Borrowed Things
Collection of short stories about southern characters in the fictional town of Marsden, N.C. Humor, foibles, and character back stories about residents of Marsden and how they approach daily living. The format is of a section introducing the characters, followed by a section that tells their stories: finding relationships with southern men to burying a dead cat in the winter.
Dennis Sinar is a retired academic physician who is a listener. His stories start with a nugget of truth, bounce a round a bit in his head, and emerge when they're ready. He publishes a travel blog of his adventures in Alaska laying stone on houses, studying Eastern Medicine in Nepal, and refinishing antique furniture in Pennsylvania among other topics.