I Hear Smoke!

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I Hear Smoke! 

By: Dr. Sherry A. White

About the Book

I Hear Smoke! is a blistering recount of how two families collide (the Halfacre’s and the Toogood’s) as they survive the underbelly of the rural south from the 1930s through 1975. The multi-generational saga is riddled with humor, secrets, hardships, gut-wrenching loss, and self-acceptance. The historical references of the period’s pop culture and winding path of humorous, cleverly written short story-like chapters will keep readers spellbound from start to finish. I Hear Smoke! is an explicit reminder to some readers of positive and not so positive nostalgia from their childhood.

About the Author

Dr. Sherry A. White has lived in the south all of her life, making her an expert in the field of southernism culture. She currently resides in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. White is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama. She has worked as CEO for a charity serving children and adults with developmental disabilities for the past thirty plus years. 


(2023, hardback, 366 pages)

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  • 5

    Posted by Curry on Sep 12th 2023

    Drop the Mic, Dr. White you have done it! Please give us another book.

  • 5
    Loved this glimpse into a relatable era

    Posted by BH70 on Jul 23rd 2023

    Finished reading "I Hear Smoke!". Was not prepared for the ending. This quick read brought back so many memories of growing up in the South. You learn so much about the characters as they narrate each chapter from their perspective. Awesome job Sherry White!

  • 5
    I Hear Smoke

    Posted by Joyce S on Jun 30th 2023

    This book is a treasure trove of memories. It reminded me of things I haven't thought about in years. It made me happy. It made me sad. It made me a better person. Just Wow.

  • 5
    I Hear Smoke

    Posted by O'Brien on Jun 19th 2023

    WOW! Did not expect the outcome. Loved this story. Author seemed to know the characters personally. Hope the movie is coming soon.

  • 5
    I Read & I Love, I Hear Smoke!

    Posted by Washington on Jun 19th 2023

    I Hear Smoke! was an overall great read. By having chapters with different characters’ points of view, it helped give a colorful depiction of what it was like growing up in rural Alabama. From the young and outspoken Ali to the loving and often-misunderstood character Loucandy, I thoroughly enjoyed this book in its entirety. I Hear Smoke! made me laugh and cry, but most importantly made me feel as if I was part of a small country community that always has the ability to find the humor and tenderness within the hardships of everyday life.

  • 5
    I hear smoke

    Posted by Woodbery on Jun 14th 2023

    Brilliant. Short story-like chapters with smooth transitions between. I felt I understood the relationships and the community as a whole ( both as one). Connected with the characters and was left wanting to know what happened to those who had to carry on…a sequel or two in the future?