Dot Jackson

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Narrated By: Elizabeth Wiley

Duration: 14 hours and 4 minutes

What to expect

Early one morning in 1929, Mary Seneca Steele spontaneously packs a suitcase, gathers up her son and daughter, and drives away in her abusive and dissolute husband’s brand-new Auburn Phaeton automobile, leaving her privileged life in Charleston behind. It is the beginning of a journey of enlightenment that leads Mary “Sen” to the mountains and mysteries of Appalachia, where she will learn unexpected family secrets, create a new life for herself and her children, and finally experience love and happiness before tragedy will once again test her.

Written by a Pulitzer Prize–nominated author, Dot Jackson has spun a story that will captivate readers looking for an entertaining saga of self-discovery, family, love, loss, and redemption.


Fiction: general and literary, Historical fiction, Generational sagas, Fiction: general and literary

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“An intensely readable novel of the complexity of family ties…Dot Jackson is a true Southern voice, a master storyteller, and an Appalachian treasure.”

Dori Sanders, author of Her Own Place

“Wonderful…With her narrative gift and keen ear for Appalachian speech, Dot Jackson gives her readers a beautifully rendered portrait of a lost time and place.”