In High Cotton

Releases August 3, 2020. Available for  pre-order: e-book on Amazon or print from LPCBooks.

Southern women may look as delicate as flowers, but there’s iron in their veins.

While the rest of the world has been roaring through the 1920s, times are hardscrabble in rural South Georgia. Widow Maggie Parker is barely surviving while raising her young son alone. Then as banks begin to fail, her father-in-law threatens to take her son and sell off her livelihood—the grocery store her husband left her. Can five Southern women band together, using their wisdom and wiles to stop him and survive the Great Depression? 


In the tradition of Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes, Ane Mulligan creates a cast of seemingly incompatible characters and brings them together into a family the likes of which I wanted to belong. Maggie is a delightful, relatable heroine, and I cheered for her through every page of this well written, delightfully insightful and descriptively captivating story. Be transported to the small-town South during the Great Depression and grow along with Maggie as she battles challenges and emerges triumphant thanks to faith and with a little help from her friends. —Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of Bringing Maggie Home

The perfect marriage of Southern charm and dramatic tension, author Ane Mulligan takes the reader by the hand, immersing you in a story world you won’t want to leave. The women of In High Cotton are strong, brave, and compassionate, role models from the past who are every bit as relevant to women today. Personally, I think this is Ane’s best work ever! —Michelle Griep, Christy Award winning author of Once Upon a Dickens Christmas

Ane Mulligan's writing sings in this moving tale of friendship and heartbreak. I haven't enjoyed a Depression era novel more since I read Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. - Elizabeth Ludwig, USA Today Bestselling Author

Mulligan pens a story full of southern charm with a cast of characters in a cute Georgia town you won't easily forget. Makes me want to sit down with the lot of them for a glass of sweet tea. — New York Times Bestselling Author, Rachel Hauck 



In High Cotton, Chapter 1

On Sugar Hill

She traded Sugar Hill for Vaudeville. Now she’s back.

The day Cora Fitzgerald turned sixteen, she fled Sugar Hill for the bright lights of New York City, leaving behind her senator-father’s verbal abuse. But just as her career takes off, she’s summoned back home.

And everything changes. 

The stock market crashes. The senator is dead. Her mother is delusional, and her mute Aunt Clara pens novels that expose the town’s secrets. Then there’s Boone Robertson, who never knew she was alive back in high school, but now manages to be around whenever she needs help. 

Will the people of her past keep her from a brilliant future?

(Sold to LPC Books/Iron Stream Media. Release date not yet determined. Possibly August 2021)

By the Sweet Gum

She’s bound by duty. He’s tethered to a dream.

Genesee Taylor is one of the few girls who didn’t leave home for the lure of the big city. She loves the small mill town of Sweetgum, Georgia. Most of all, she loves baseball and one ballplayer in particular, Tommy Mack. When Tommy accepts a contract from a farm team for the Detroit Tigers, he wants to marry Genesee and take her along. But before they can finalize their plans, a fire breaks out in the mill and half the town burns.

The Taylor’s boarding house doesn’t fare unscathed. The kitchen is destroyed along with two other rooms. The biggest loss is her father, who dies in the fire, and her mother, who is crippled by her burns. Genesee must stay to make repairs and care for her mother. 

Tommy can’t forfeit his dream and Genesee can’t leave. She has no choice but to bid Tommy farewell. When a few of her old friends return to Sweetgum, each with her own problems, they join her to help rebuild the boarding house and their own lives. Will Genesee and Tommy each find a satisfying life without the other?