Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes is a 293-page hardcover published in 2014 by Crown Publishers, and is a stated first edition. There's light bumping to the spine. Else, the condition is very good.
The author of those beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family.
From her years as a spirited, secretive child through her university studies--a period of exquisite freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and love of travel--to her escape to a new life in California, Mayes exuberantly re-creates the intense relationships of her past, recounting the bitter and sweet stories of her complicated family: her beautiful, yet fragile mother Frankye; her unpredictable father Garbert; her grandfather Daddy Jack; her grandmother Mother Mayes; and the family maid, Frances's confidant Willie Bell.
Under Magnolia is a searingly honest, funny, and moving ode to family and place and a thoughtful meditation on the ways they define us, or cause us to define ourselves.