The last book Giles published before her death in 1979, Wellspring has been out of print for years.
The nineteen selections bring together Giles's fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, and fictionalized autobiography to reveal a behind-the-scenes look at her life, her family, her love for her adopted state of Kentucky and its people, her politics, her favorite authors, her thoughts on writing, and her views of her own work. Wellspring is available again for old and new readers of Janice Holt Giles.
Janice Holt Giles (1905-1979), author of nineteen books, lived and wrote near Knifley, Kentucky, for thirty-four years. Her biography is told in Janice Holt Giles: A Writer's Life.
With this anthology and legacy of her fiction, nonfiction, and personal essays, her fans will inherit a full knowledge of the source of Giles' inspiration: Kentucky.~Journal of the Jackson Purchase Society
Any writer who makes her readers laugh, cry, wring their hands, question their own ingrained attitudes and stay up all night so as not to have to leave the world she draws them into, has accomplished what she set out to do, and Giles admirably succeeds.~Lexington Herald-Leader
Her poignant re-creation of the terrain of childhood leaves one nostalgic, and her observations of her Appalachian neighbors provide profound insights into the Appalachian mind.~Sewanee Review