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Southern novel pits grandmother and granddaughter against power brokers in small town

Rock Hill (SC) Jan. 18--Bella Rosa Books announces the June publication of a novel by Mary Eaddy of Myrtle Beach.

The story is about a fourteen-year-old girl and her feminist grandmother who fight to save historic oak trees lining Main Street in a small Southern town. When the McCord Town Council proposes cutting the trees to expand Main Street, Laney Gordon decides to teach her granddaughter Maggie a lesson in civic responsibility. Instead, Maggie teaches Laney a more important lesson about the value of friendship.

The book will be available to bookstores and online booksellers this summer.

Born in Hemingway, Eaddy attended Queens University in Charlotte and the University of South Carolina, where she studied with poet-in-residence James Dickey and earned a masterís degree in journalism. She worked for The Richmond Times-Dispatch and The State newspaper before teaching at USC Upstate and becoming director of public information for the S.C. Technical College System.

She owns a public relations practice and serves as interim vice president for university communication at Coastal Carolina University. She is a past president of the S.C. Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

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