Shatter Me with Dawn

A Celebration of Country Life

Title Details

Pages: 256

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 10/10/2001

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2298-8

List Price: $36.95

Shatter Me with Dawn

A Celebration of Country Life

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When Sally Russell decided to move a century-old house eight miles down narrow county roads to her remote farm, she knew some would think her crazy. But saving the house was more important to her than what her neighbors thought about her sanity. The house survived the journey, was lovingly restored, and soon became both home and haven. Shatter Me with Dawn revisits the years Sally Russell spent living in that house on the farm she christened Somechoes, along the Mulberry River in Barrow County, Georgia.

Engaging characters inhabit Russell's rural world: two daughters, owls, sandhill cranes, great blue herons, a husband who becomes an ex-husband, a lover who becomes an ex-lover, aging parents, wasps, fireflies, five siblings and their families, a dozen horses, assorted cows (her own and others), a few yard chickens, barn swallows, hunters and the hunted, and more. Russell writes as beautifully and hauntingly about livestock and good neighbors as she does about sexual energy and the casual nature of death.

These are essays about day-to-day living, the seasons and cycles of nature, the love of land and family, and one woman's heart-driven ambition to make her home a place of harmony and refuge. For those who share Russell's reverence for the beauty and simplicity of rural life and those who long for a tranquil haven of their own, this book is a treasure.

A luminous and loving portrait with a rare beauty and subtlety that describes a way of life already lost to most Americans.

—Philip Lee Williams

An affectionate tribute to country life . . . Both humorous and spiritual in tone, these celebratory tales and lessons constitute a vivid tapestry of one woman's ordinary and extraordinary experiences.


Everybody seems to be writing of the joys of country living lately, but Russell is the first in my experience who can share that joy. Every word on every page leapt out at me, drawing in my eye and making me catch my breath.


About the Author/Editor

SALLY RUSSELL was a professor of English and French at Gainesville College who later lived and wrote in England. She is also the editor of Roots and Ever Green: The Selected Letters of Ina Dillard Russell (Georgia).