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Meagan Church | Last Carolina Girl (IN STORE)


An emotionally charged novel following one girl fighting for her family, her future, and her own place to stand in a world that doesn't always value the wild spirit of a Carolina girl

For fourteen-year-old Leah Payne, life in her beloved coastal Carolina town is worlds away from the harsh realities of the day. Loyal to her lumberjack father, she knows only of the familiarity of her small community, the magic of the natural world, and the creative intuition that prompts her to march to the beat of her own drum.

But when an accident takes her father's life, leaving her an orphan, Leah finds herself cast into a family of strangers whose welcoming façade hides a terrible secret. That's when a moment of violence thrusts Leah into the very center of the state's shameful darkness, forcing her to risk a past she holds dear to protect a future she fears she may never have.

Set against the very real backdrop of 1935 North Carolina where a state eugenics board was mandating forced sterilizations, this novel sheds light on a horrific era of injustice and one young woman's fight to control her future, discover her family, and find her own way forward.


MEAGAN CHURCH built a career as a storyteller and freelance writer for brands, blogs and organizations. Her fiction focuses on overlooked and oppressed women's voices from the past. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three children and a plethora of pets.


Click below to RSVP. Tickets include a signed copy of THE LAST CAROLINA GIRL and a guaranteed seat at the event. Meagan will sign and personalize books after the program.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
The Last Carolina Girl: A Novel By Meagan Church Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728257150
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - March 28th, 2023

"Unforgettable, this a powerful debut to savor." — Kim Michele Richardson, New York Times bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

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