Moss-draped trees, deep winding rivers, rich family traditions, and whispers of heartache and pain are all part of Charleston, SC and the Southern Lowcountry’s hauntingly beautiful landscape. The new book, The Truthful Story by Helen Stine, is part memoir and part fiction and is a tribute to the land and people who shaped her life. Stine’s book hits store shelves on October 1, 2016.
Set in the 1960’s, The Truthful Story shares the journey of ten-year old Genevieve Donovan during a tumultuous era and in an unforgettable place. When Genny’s Nannie dies mysteriously in the Lowcountry river she’s loved and lived near all her life, Genny and her family are heartbroken. It is a time when new industry is encroaching on old country, and Genny fears her grandmother may have gotten in the way of so-called progress. As Genny and her family struggle with loss and heartache, she begins to fear her grandmother’s death was not an accident and the drunkard son of a local businessman may have played a role
The Truthful Story is as timeless as its Lowcountry setting and explores:
· The understanding that everyone has a gift – something special and unique- to offer to others
· Believing in the value and wisdom of that invisible space between young and old, black and white, humans and nature, and life and death
· Life in the South during the 1960’s when industry, segregation and an entire “way of life” was being challenged
· Inter-generational family dynamics and mother-daughter relationships
· The celebration of strong women and their love of family
· How preservation of the land equals preservation of the family
Helen Stine was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She is a graduate from the College of Charleston with a degree in English. After college, she spent 27 years as a military spouse, raised two children, traveled extensively, and pursued a career in early childhood education. During this time, she co-authored Staying on Course: The Early Childhood Board’s Guide to Success for boards of directors operating child care programs. Five years ago, she teamed with her husband and son to form an independent film production company, Rushaway Pictures. They have produced three award-winning short films and their first full-length feature film is underway. Inspired by her childhood memories and love of the Lowcountry, The Truthful Story is her first work of fiction.