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The Village: Searching for Answers in a Cotton Mill Town by Flora Ann Scearce

Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC
$16.99, paperback / $13.99 e-book
June, 2013
Available for pre-order from the publisher and

"The Roanoke Rapids of today is vastly different from the mill village of Rosemary, but Flora Ann Scearce has taken us on a fascinating journey to that earlier culture, and that life . Enjoy her story, it's well worth your time."
—Reverend Tom Bodkin, Retired, Raleigh, NC

"Once I started The Village, I could not put it down. Flora Ann Scearce has a great talent for making the reader feel a part of the story . I think (she) has another winner in this book."
—Lucy Penegar, Gastonia, NC

"Yes, Lucille Smith wore pants on occasion. So did Norma Shearer and Marlene Dietrich, but they were movie stars and lived in Hollywood. Norma Shearer wore pants when she rode horses or lounged in her Hollywood mansion with her rich husband. Lucille was a mill company secretary and lived in a mill village in Roanoke Rapids. She wore pants because she liked them, how they looked and felt. It mattered not one iota what other women thought, men either for that matter…”

Rising above the drudgery of cotton mill life and aspiring to something greater, Selena leaves Gastonia with her best friend’s family and struggles to gain acceptance into the lives of the Rosemary villagers. Could one person be the catalyst that changes a whole neighborhood?

Set in the years between the Great War and the Great Depression, the townsfolk of Rosemary, North Carolina didn’t make it very easy for this “mountain hooger” girl. Join Flora Ann Scearce in her captivating book, The Village, as she unveils the colorful journey of her mother, Selena, amidst the industrial revolution of the twenties and the societal pressures of her newfound life.

Her high school yearbook named her class poet, but native North Carolinian Flora Ann Scearce, mother of three, grandmother of five, did not begin writing in earnest until the mid-1980s when she retired from First Citizens Bank. She now lives in Trent Woods, NC, with her husband, Herman, a retiree of both the Air Force and as NC Magistrate. Her most recent novel, Cotton Mill Girl (Tate Publishing & Enterprises, Mustang, OK, 2007) won the prestigious NC Society of Historians’ Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award, as did her first novel, Singer of An Empty Day (2009). Both of Scearce’s novels, as well as a third “in progress,” are based on the life of her mother who also wrote extensively of mountain life, lore, medicine, and music, as well as life in a piedmont cotton mill village, giving her daughter a wealth of material on which to draw. Her website is

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