Robin Throne

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The Cotton Breath: (Softcover: $20, 152pp, 6X9”: 978-1-68114-463-4; Hardcover: $35: 978-1-68114-464-1; EBook: $2.99: 978-1-68114-465-8; LCCN: 2018951384; Fiction—Literary; Edited by: Sarah Kettles; Release: January 20, 2019; Purchase on Amazon or Barnes & Noble): Who owns a life? Roman civil law was the basis for eighteenth century South Carolina slavery legislation, and partus sequitur ventrem meant literally “that which is brought forth follows the womb,” meaning a child was born a slave if the mother was a slave, free if the mother was free. This sparse yet dense tale captures the centuries-long emotional battle for seed, life, and land proffered, then repossessed as parcels of Lowcountry heirs’ property. Along the African Gold Coast, deceased spirits often gathered at the waterside to prepare for the souls’ return from whence they came; amidst Sea Island coastal views and tourism ridden over forgotten slave cemeteries, this detached narrative echoes three women who still hover there. Whisper. Drifting. May you stumble upon this allegoric account of captains, traders, planters, soldiers, and cotton and listen just long enough to hear these murmurings from this oceanside graveyard, the aching ancestral chatter above the din of tourism development.

“Robin ­ Throne’s novella, ­ Cotton Breath, deftly explores how the legacy of slavery resonates through succeeding generations of a South Carolina family that must fight off former slave owners and developers to keep land granted to them by their Union liberators. Past and present mix hauntingly as enslaved ancestors whisper in the ears of their liberated heirs in a shaky new age that remains indentured to the old.” —William Luvaas, Ashes Rain Down: A Story Cycle and Welcome to Saint Angel

Robin Throne has completed writer residencies at Wolff Cottage, the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and the Writer’s Well. She is the recipient of the fourth David R. Collins literary achievement award from the Midwest Writing Center, the third fiction chapbook prize from Gambling the Aisle, and a literary fiction award from the Writer’s Well for her debut novel, Her Kind. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Trampset, The New Poet Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, Split Lip Magazine, and Crab Fat Magazine, among others. See more at


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