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The Tanner Side of Town


“The Tanner Side of Town” is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, rejoice, mourn, and, hopefully, rekindle your hope for a new and better day.

“Lucy Tanner walked down the hall and out the front door. She felt a shift – not only in the seasons but in life, too. She read in the paper yesterday that the United States had officially entered a war in Southeast Asia. A Catholic was running for president, and a new drug was on the market – the birth control pill. Change was coming, and she wanted to be a part of it – not a bystander.”

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The author describes herself as “an entrepreneur who happens to be a writer or is it a writer who happens to be an entrepreneur?”
Since graduating from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in Journalism (Public Relations) and a minor in Business (Marketing), Avery has built a resume that includes banking, advertising design and sales, owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on her property, and free-lance writing for a national textile firm. 
Her first love, however, has always been dancing – an activity she began when she was a toddler – and it was when she spent 20 years teaching private dance and drama lessons that her first book “Sam the Crow” was born. 
“When I taught dancing, I wrote the scripts for the plays my students performed,” said Avery. “I guess you could say my little dancers gave me the confidence ‘to put it out there,’ as the industry saying goes.  ‘Sam’ was a beautiful play, so I figured ‘he’ would also be a beautiful book.” She enlisted the talents of two cousins -- one owns a printing/marketing firm and the other is an artist. The result of their collaboration was “Sam.” Another children’s book --“Phoebe’s World” – followed, and Avery says at that point, she “knew writing was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
She then spent seven years working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers – which she says is “the best experience a writer can have.”  
Since teaching at the college level had always been a goal, she pursued and received a master’s in Journalism from The University of Memphis and taught media writing at Columbus State University for five years before deciding it was time to write her first novel. After two years of hard work, “The Tanner Side of Town” was born. 
“I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind,” says Avery. “The right words communicated to the right audience can move mountains, change attitudes, confirm beliefs, and warm hearts. When the words we write cease doing those things, then it is time to stop; and I certainly pray that doesn’t happen anytime soon.”



The Tanner Side of Town

The reason to head to The Tanner Side of Town is that there are both delightful and obnoxious people there who strive to be at peace or wreak havoc, depending.


Seeing who triumphs in this small southern town tale is a satisfying read.

Tom Barnes,

Pam's novel was a great read; hard to put down! It spoke to me of the importance of protecting the things one can not put a price tag on; home, family and relationships.

Tamara Pierce,
Licensed Realtor

The Tanner Side of Town is a poignant glimpse into the lives of several women whose paths intersect during the dawn of
a new era in the early 1960’s. This book captures the spirit of Lucy Tanner, who boldly confronts the cultural norms of
rural Georgia.


Viewing life from a different perspective presents challenges that can be daunting, and the story serves as a reminder that we all have personal strength if we choose to. This is a story about the many facets of love, life and the ability to overcome.

Jane McCoy,
Freelance editor and gardener

A masterfully written novel in which the voices are rich with courage and compassion. They speak plainly of greed, racism and sexism running rampant in a small southern town. Avery leaves the reader with a longing for front porch sitting, warm breezes, a cool lemonade.....and just another page.

Alice Wade

“The Tanner side of town was one of the best books I’ve ever read. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. I look forward to the sequel.

My favorite book genre is Historical Fiction and found this book fascinating. When you live in a small town, everyone's business is on full display.


This book demonstrates what can be accomplished when people work together, the strength to do the right thing, to overcome diversity and corruption.

Brigitte Cutshall,
Solutions Consultant and Founder of Gemini Media

A relevant, grassroots, Southern American Gothic novel. Set in the early 1960s in rural Georgia, this novel encompasses social mores demanded of women, race inequity, and environmental hurdles...issues persisting to this day.

YeeeHA for the sheros of this story!

Amy Skinner,
Lover of things written and retired educator

Pam Avery marshals on the deep experience of her active and multifaceted life to spin a story of courage vs. corruption and love vs. loss, while keeping us turning the pages and rooting for the good guys.

Pete McCommons,
Co-Publisher Flagpole Magazine in Athens

Through the engrossing and
fast-paced saga of the Tanners, Pam fosters an examination of the universal good, bad, and ugly often inherent in human nature.


The story is one of determination and redemption which drips with life as familiar to true Southerners as iced tea. Pam has exquisitely and skillfully crafted interesting and complex characters who pique our compassion, angst, and empathy. I was sad to“leave them” when the book ended. Kudos!

Betsy Adams Dyches,
Former K-12 English Language Arts Coordinator; Owner/Consultant of Dyches Educational Services

Georgia Hale,
Birmingham Alabama

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About the Book

It was 1960, and the conflict between then and now impacted even “The Tanner Side of Town,” located in the North Georgia mountains, which was once the heart of the great Cherokee Nation.


A proposed iron ore mine threatened the agrarian livelihood of every landowner who lived on the Valley Road – including the Tanners – Luke and his wife, Genevieve, and their daughter Lucy and her son, Hank…not to mention that the serenity of the Ridge’s virgin forests would forever be lost. Fueled by Jack Cooper’s greed and disregard of others, the controversy set into motion a string of events that upended the community and reshaped lives forever.

Never shrinking from protecting what was her family’s, Lucy fought the Cooper force that had always controlled Kings County. After Hunter Fox, a flame from her past, reentered Lucy’s life, love – which she had sworn never to do again – put another kink in the life she struggled to understand.


Add to the mix her family’s unconventional African-American business partner, Nettie Andrews, whose timid examination into a sordid past could potentially open the door to to unanswered questions, and the result is a riveting story about life in the South on the cusp of perhaps the most monumental cultural and social change in our country’s history.

“The Tanner Side of Town” is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, rejoice, mourn, and, hopefully, rekindle your hope for a new and better day.



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