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Florida schoolteacher Stephanie McAfee wrote and self-published her debut novel, Diary of A Mad Fat Girl, as an e-book in 2010. Readers quickly fell in love with McAfee's main character Graciela "Ace" Jones and her cast of friends, and the book became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. And that was all before it was ever in print. Now in a revised and expanded form, McAfee's hilarious novel is finally in print.

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When "Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl' by Stephanie McAfee arrived in our mailbox, we thought it looked like a fun, summer read, but also suspected it might contain some overdone Southern cliches. We were wrong. McAfee, who was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, but now lives in Florida, has written a fresh novel with a cast of lovable characters that anyone who grew up in or lives in a small town can relate to.

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West Texas cacti and starved poles of yucca riddle the landscape. Only the charred road disturbs their prickly presence. Before him stretches a snakeskin of pavement. When asked, he says there were options he didn’t take, things he would do differently. Thank God there were no kids. Few possessions to speak of. According to the last marker, he is 98 miles from nowhere, but surely the road will end.

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Welcome to our second installment of Literary Friday! If you missed last week's debut, catch up by clicking here. First off is a reminder that the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama's annual costume gala is tomorrow, March 3. Party like Zelda at the flapper-themed part on the museum grounds for only $25. Deep South Literary Trail App now available for Android!  We got word February 24 that our app is now available in the Android marketplace. We'll need ratings and reviews to gain traction, so for those of you with Android devices, this would be much appreciated! Interview With Joshilyn Jackson Georgia author Joshilyn Jackson, who's said her work is influenced by Flannery O'Connor, has a new book out. Writer Joe Mayes caught up with her at a book signing for "A Grown Up Kind of Pretty" at Malaprop's in Asheville last month. Read his interview with her and find out why she compares her books to ex-boyfriends here. Oxford American vs. Garden & Gun In case you missed Oxford American Editor Marc Smirnoff's rant about Garden & Gun magazine's "whitewashing of the South" earlier this week, you can get a link and read our intern Kati Jane Hammet's response here. Mr. Magazine blog has

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An interview with Joshilyn Jackson. by Joe Mayes New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson visited Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina, on February 12 to talk about her latest book, “A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty” (released January 25 by Grand Central Publishing). Before she met with more than 30 ardent fans in the bookstore’s café to read passages from and sign copies of her new book, Jackson sat down for a conversation that covered everything from writing and publishing to boyfriends, Krispy Kreme donuts and selling babies.

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