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Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away

Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away

A Memoir

Alice Anderson

St. Martin's Press




The incredible true story of one woman's journey to relocate the place inside herself where strength, hope, and personal truth reside.

After Hurricane Katrina, Alice Anderson has returned home to assess the damage to her beloved Mississippi coastline and the once-immaculate home she’d carefully cultivated for her husband, Dr. Liam Rivers, one of the community's highly respected doctors.

But in the wake of this natural disaster, a more terrifying challenge emerges as Liam’s mental health spirals out of control, culminating in a violent attack at knifepoint, from which Alice is saved by their three-year-old son. Afraid for her life, she flees with her children.

What ensues is an epic battle—emotional, psychological, spiritual, and legal—for her children’s welfare, for self-preservation, and ultimately for redemption. It’s an unrelenting battle that persists even as life goes on, finally coming full circle when the same son who saved Alice ten years before endures an eerily-familiar violent encounter at his father’s hands. Yet even as she confronts the harsh realities of high-powered Southern lawyers and an inadequate legal system, Alice forges a new life with her blossoming children and an ultimate reclamation of her true self.



Extraordinary things always happen on ordinary days. It was another quiet Mississippi morning, with the acrid scent of debris-pile fires sharp in the humid air. The kids and I were making trips back...


Praise for Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away

"Anderson is a gifted writer who vividly describes both settings and emotions. Her powerful story gives voice and hope to women caught in similarly terrible conditions." -Booklist (starred review)

"This chilling memoir shows that storms in the mind can be as devastating as nature's storms." -Mississippi Magazine

Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away is as stark as it is beautiful, a hard-won life so full of sorrow and joy that it runs down the great rain chain of heaven, singing like a choir of determined angels. It broke my heart wide open and out fell all this thunder and lightning and beautiful star stuff and rusty silver, torn silk, and the old diary we carry around in our bodies. Quite possibly the best memoir I've ever read.” –Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Los Angeles Times bestsellers Bad Girl Creek and The Wilder Sisters, and Solomon's Oak

"I love this book with my entire body. Alice Anderson's Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away is nothing short of a body and soul retrieval. Fearlessly diving down into the heat and mythos of Mississippi, she unflinchingly tells the truth about what happens when the one you love tries to kill you and your child. I am astonished at how this fiercely beautiful song can arise from such wreckage of violence and lies. In page after riveting page, we're reminded how mothers love their children with ferociousness, and how that love might take shape in the child who saves her life. Maybe, by refusing to surrender our bodies, we are always saving our own lives. Maybe our songs are worth fighting for. Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away is that necessary song." -Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children

"Like blowtorching through silk, Alice Anderson’s alchemy is to turn the shattering pain of her life into poetry. Heartbreaking, terrifying, and shattering, Anderson’s powerful fight for her kids and her own safety becomes a story of breathtaking redemption and yes, beauty." -Caroline Leavitt, bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World

"Alice Anderson's stunning memoir begins with cathedrals made of our scars. In this time of fear and doubt, of seemingly perpetual midnight, this book rises to sacredness in its heroic honesty, its warrior's heart, and its profound beauty." -Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the American Book Award winning memoir Nobody's Son and novels The Devil's Highway, The Hummingbird's Daughter, and Into the Beautiful North

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About the author

Alice Anderson

ALICE ANDERSON’s work has appeared in literary journals including Agni and New Letters and is featured in anthologies such as American Poetry and On The Verge. Her second collection of poetry, The Watermark, contains three Pushcart Prize–nominated poems; her first, Human Nature, was published to critical acclaim. The recipient of The Plum Review Prize, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Prize, and The Great Lakes Colleges Best First Book Prize, she also received the Haven Foundation Grant from Stephen King.

Alice Anderson

Alice Anderson

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