You are invited to attend a special book launch highlighting local author Janet Steele Holloway’s newly released memoir, Leaving.
Leaving: Sometimes You Have to Leave is the story of Holloway’s grandmother’s advice and all that followed.
“‘A girl in West Virginia’s got only three choices.’ Granny squinted at me across the bar. ‘She can get religion, get pregnant or get out. Do you understand me, little girl?’ I twirled on the bar stool, drinking an RC Cola, as she wiped the counter top and picked up empty beer bottles. I understood her alright; I’d heard her say this – and other life lessons – at least a dozen times in my young life. I shook my head and she pointed at me directly. ‘I hope you do, ’cause you don’t have much else to go on.’ A tough, resilient, divorced and widow-woman for more than 40 years, she was watching out for my welfare, showing me what I’d need to be a strong woman.'”
Holloway chose the third option: getting out—and left behind family, hills, backroads and creeks, the people she had known for a lifetime—and caught a train to New York City. This book tells the story of her life there, and later in Kentucky, intertwined with pivotal social events of the Sixties and Seventies, including the women’s movement.
Janet S. Holloway was born and raised in Hatfield Country – Logan County, WV – and spent many summers on her grandmother’s tobacco farm outside of Abingdon, Virginia. She is the CEO of J. Holloway & Associates and is the founder of the non-profit, educational foundation, Women Leading Kentucky. She has published several short stories and a memoir, A Willful Child.