The author, on how she and Otis were united:
My youngest daughter, Alice, has rescued several dogs. She found Otis abandoned at a nearby park. He weighed nine pounds and was infested with fleas and ticks. Honestly, we didn't know if he would make it through the night.About Susan Gregg Gilmore's new novel, The Funeral Dress, from the publisher:
Alice had found another pit mix about two months earlier. That little pup had been chained to a stop sign. Don't worry, he now has the most loving home and has grown into a very big, happy dog!
Anyway, my hubby and I were in bed when Alice walked into our room and said, "I can't believe this keeps happening to me."
I shot up in bed and said, "Alice, has your car been towed again?" (Another story!)
"No, mom, I found another puppy. And...[read on]
A deeply touching Southern story filled with struggle and hope.Learn more about the book and author at Susan Gregg Gilmore's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.
Emmalee Bullard and her new baby are on their own. Or so she thinks, until Leona Lane, the older seamstress who sat by her side at the local shirt factory where both women worked as collar makers, insists Emmalee come and live with her. Just as Emmalee prepares to escape her hardscrabble life in Red Chert holler, Leona dies tragically. Grief-stricken, Emmalee decides she’ll make Leona’s burying dress, but there are plenty of people who don't think the unmarried Emmalee should design a dress for a Christian woman - or care for a child on her own. But with every stitch, Emmalee struggles to do what is right for her daughter and to honor Leona the best way she can, finding unlikely support among an indomitable group of seamstresses and the town’s funeral director. In a moving tale exploring Southern spirit and camaraderie among working women, a young mother will compel a town to become a community.
Read--Coffee with a Canine: Susan Gregg Gilmore & Otis.